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Security at Lusaka Airport


Let me explain the security process in Lusaka. 

Security was very relaxed. We arrived at 0630 and our cases were weighed in two at a time. The cases were then labelled and set behind the desk. Eventually they appeared in a Reilly being wheeled out and put in the aircraft hold. At least we could see what was happening. 

Personal security was also interesting. For instance I left my belt on, my friend, Graham, took his off – it didn’t seem to matter one way or the other. We didn’t have to take liquids or electronic equipment out of our cases. No one was bothered! Refreshing and relaxed! Sadly it wouldn’t work that way in the west. We are so plagued by terrorism and violent men that we couldn’t risk relaxing our security checking systems. I am reminded that God never relaxes His security systems. Evil is never acceptable. Sin will always be outlawed. Nothing can enter the presence of God while still marked by sin. The book of Revelation states: ‘But nothing unclean will ever enter it (the presence of God), nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life,’ Revelation 21:27. 

I am so glad that we can be forgiven and acceptable to God. He has provided salvation through the death, burial and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ. The word of God confirms in Romans chapter 5 verse 8 ‘But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us’. We can be cleansed because ‘the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin, 1 John 1 verse 7. 

The security systems in Airports might change but God is the same yesterday, today and for ever. His standards are never lowered even though the world constantly downgrades its standards of morality. Thankfully he offers eternal salvation and His grace is rich and free to all who call upon His name. 

Praise God for all that He is and has done. 

Stephen  


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Something’s Missing in Lusaka 


If you have been reading my blogs you will be aware that I am with a team of six people making my way across the globe to Loloma in the North West Province of Zambia, Africa. So far we have traveled from Manchester to Dubai and Dubai to Lusaka. Everything was going well until we were nearly in Lusaka – then they dropped the bombshell. “Your luggage is in Dubai, you are going to be in Lusaka in an hour and we’ll get our cases to you as soon as we can”. 

I suspected as much but was assured that this would not be the case. When we were running (well walking at a reasonable trot) between one end of Terminal 3 and the other (in Dubai) I asked the ground staff what would happen to our cases as I was unconvinced that they would get to our plane before it took off.. Two members of staff, on separate ocassions, assured me that if we got on the Lusaka flight so would our cases. Well they didn’t!

Promises can be empty! Words can be cheap. It’s easy to say a thing but not so easy to carry out what you say. Unless of course you are God. The Bible says that He is ‘faithful and true,’ Rev. 19:11. There are many verses that speak about the trustworthiness of God. Paul, the apostle, wrote to Timothy one day to tell him about a statement that was worth trusting – ‘This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief,” 1 Timothy 1:15. 

Can you trust an Airline? Well to be fair, you can most of the time! But things will go wrong and the best of people cannot deliver the goods all of the time. You can, however, trust God. He is unchanging in His character, unyielding in His holiness, unlimited in His strength, unstinted in His generosity, unbending in His fairness and justice and unrestricted in His grace. 

How does that all work? That’s a good question to which the only genuine answer is have a look at Jesus, who He claimed to be and what He achieved by His death, burial and resurrection. 

If I can help more get in touch. I’d be happy to help.

Stephen 

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