The Waiting Room


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   Monday, March 08, 2010  
Just checking on you. I would love to hear from you. A lot of things have chaned in your lives. I finally got married to Joy last year August. Whats going on with you? When I hear from you I will fill you up with more on my life.
   posted by Gideon Banda at 2:07 AM

   Tuesday, February 13, 2007  
so many changes with this blog thing,I hope all is well with you. I miss hearing from you.
   posted by Gideon Banda at 11:51 AM

   Wednesday, January 10, 2007  
My friend Bethany
It’s been so long! I don’t know where to start. After the internship in Uganda, I came back for a whole term of school then went for my December vacation. I had one of the most productive vacations this last month. I preached about ten sermons but the highlight for me was preaching three Christmas sermons on the 24th and 25th! I spoke about Simeon who had ‘a glorious expectation’ and gave ‘a marvelous proclamation’ about the Christ-child. Do you know that Simeon in Luke 2:25-33, was actually the guy who founded the Sanhedrin, the very council that crucified our Lord? He was also the father of Gamaliel the guy who taught Paul to be a Judaist legalist? Yet he made marvelous orthodox claims about Christ as the ‘salvation of God, a light to the Gentiles and the glory of Israel. From this, one of the things I learnt was that no matter our heritage, we make our choices where following Christ is concerned. I’m sure people had challenged you that you are Christian simply because your dad is a pastor. I know it is not the case. I come from a very strong Christian family, yet, sadly, some of my siblings are not walking with the Lord! So I appreciate your personal choice to walk with God.
I also read John Piper’s book, ‘Desiring God’ and it was absolutely smashing! I really hope you can read it sometime. It talks about this idea of Christian hedonism. Hedonism as you may know is the philosophy that says the highest goal in life is pleasure, so pursue it. Piper takes this premise and propagates it with a Christian worldview; our pleasure is in God not from God but in him! “God is most glorified when we are most satisfied in him”, says Piper. Our problem is not that we have pleasures but that we are too easily pleased by vain, fleeting pleasures, since the pursuit of God and attaining the pleasure of being satisfied in him is hard work!
Anyway, now I’m back in school and we started on quite a high note with block courses. We are doing a block course on Apologetics, focusing on cults and other religions and it is absolutely mind-boggling and fascinating. This is the year of my graduation. I graduate on the 28th of July. Time has flown by quite! I don’t know what God has for me ahead. I have some plans but they are still vague and I can’t really articulate them systematically, yet I take comfort in the fact that God has prepared work for me to do in advance.
I miss hearing from you. I know you were the last to write, but please write soon, I long to feel your heart. I’ll try sending you some pictures of me. I love you in Christ Atoti
   posted by Gideon Banda at 11:49 AM

   Thursday, September 14, 2006  
Dearest Gideon,
As I look back on the summer, it seems to have came and went really quickly. I expected my summer to be very difficult and kind of spiritually dry becuase it seems like summers get that way easily for me when I am away from this Bible college that just nourishes my soul in many ways. But, Gideon, the grace of God is an amazing thing and Christ met me in a really special way this summer. I learned that God really wanted to pursue me and that He was longing for my heart. God and I spent a lot of quality time together over the summer and He revealed a part of Himself to me before that I had never fully understood. He taught me about freedom within Himself.
I finally have tasted of grace and I will never be the same.
Everything else that I wanted to tell you about what has been going on in my life seems so insignificant after tell you that. In all reality, it is. But I would like to keep you as my friend for as long as I can and I figured that you should know what I've been up to.
I taught some of the younger girls in our church this summer. I taught them about what I had been learning about grace as well as what becoming a woman looks like. It was really hard in some ways when I really thought that I was not making a difference and no one cared. But, it's not about what I did this summer. It was about how God can work and waiting on His timing. Concerning a job, I worked in a hospital in the middle of the ghetto in a city which is the murder capital of the United States. Within the hospital, I worked in the Emergency Room. It was really good nursing experience for me. I got to really put everything that I had learned into action in a place that was full of chaos. Can you believe that I'm going to be a real nurse in less than a year? Wow. That seems crazy to me. I'm really growing up, huh?
Well Gideon, I'm glad to hear that God is working in your life- even if it comes through or after bad deiscions. Are you and Joy going to be getting married? It seems to me like you guys have been together for a long time. Let me know how school is going and when you graduate. I miss you. And Gideon, I thank God that He gives us men like you in this world.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
   posted by Bethany at 3:35 PM

   Thursday, August 03, 2006  
Hi Bethany
Its been quite a while and I hope all is well with you. I came back from Uganda on tuesday and have taken this week off just resting in the house, watchin movies, reading the Bible, praying, sitting at the beach and its been so much fun. I just realized ow fast my life had become with almost no time to sit and meditate on my life! I hope you have enough time for yourself sometimes. Well Joy and I had some issues which I'm glad we are resolving. Its really not easy being in relationship, but its worth it. I am learning alot about what it means to love someone, it really is more than the words we say, it is a sacrifice as well. I learnt alot in Uganda, probably more than i taught people. I learnt especially, how to watch and pray. I learnt to be alert and sober as Peter wrote for sin has a tendancy to find you when your guards are low, you know? I have made some wrong choices these past few months despite being so busy in the ministry, but i thank God who saves me from the pit and restores my soul in time. I miss hearing from you. Take care.
   posted by Gideon Banda at 8:07 AM

   Tuesday, June 27, 2006  
please pray for me I am going through a hard time in my relationship
   posted by Gideon Banda at 6:00 AM

   Saturday, June 10, 2006  
Hi Bethany
Even after a long time of not hearing from you, I always know you do remember me, even in your prayers sometimes, and that's what really matters. Reading from you is so refreshing too, I think you do a better job with filling me up with details of how life has been, I think I am too general and shallow about whats going on in my life.....well I guess its just a guy thing huh?

The concert went really well and I loved it. I must say, though, that it was really hectic and quite expensive to organise. I had to practice in Nairobi and therefore had to cater for the instrumneatlists fare to and stay in Mombasa plus the background vocalists, about 10 in total, not to mention the making of posters, t-shirts, and renting of the hall and instruments among other expenses. About a hundred people came and I was charging them. The good side is I was so glad that some people would actualy pay to come to my concert! But the bad news is I did not recover all the money I invested in and ended up in a quite a situation, you know afew debts here and there. Well atleast I still have cds to sell as an asset, but I'm still trying to recover. Otherwise it was worth it all and I have no regrets.

Will fill in you with my mission in Uganda later.
take care
   posted by Gideon Banda at 4:15 AM


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