Monday, October 18, 2010

The weekend in the Village

Psalm 48:14 For this God is our God forever and ever: He will be our guide even unto death.

Proverbs 3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

 We are still learning!!!!

We have both driven the big van now (just on our sand road however). Talk about everything being different… You drive on the opposite side of the road, sit on the opposite side of the car, shift
on the left instead of the right and the turn signal is on the opposite side of the wheel. I just keep thinking that I (the driver) has to be in the center of the road, otherwise there will be a problem! As our friend said, “when you turn, your trouble comes from the right, not the left.” I think that we passed the test so I guess we will know this week if Dave lets us drive on the paved road :O

I have been walking to the garden to get fresh vegetables many of the days. Right now we have carrots and spring onions but it looks like we will soon have a lot of tomatoes and some corn, squash, pumpkins and mangos. The banana plants are not doing so well after last year’s flood. We also lost most (or maybe all) of the lemon trees. We are blessed with what is there and plan to plant some more soon.

We took 13 children to play a soccer match on Saturday afternoon but the other team never showed. We waited about an hour and then left. We were excited to see them play but there will be other opportunities.

Saturday afternoon and evening we spent time at the children’s home interacting with them and trying to get to know some of them a little better.

We led the Sunday morning service and had Disco help with leading the music on his guitar. We greeted the children and staff that were there and thanked them for our warm welcome. When we arrived there were “Welcome Home and We love you” signs taped up all inside our house. It was really neat and made us feel at home and blessed.

We did a little more organizing and unpacking and making our house feel a little more at home this afternoon. Then we took our new chairs that Lisa and Craig got for us out to the back yard and watched the African sun set. BEAUTIFUL!!! We heard the hippos but still have not seen them.

BIG PRAISE: Thank you TRISH!!! The car is sold! The only thing left is the closing on our house on Oct 27th!!!

Isaiah 55:12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

Tomorrow morning we have devotions with the staff at 8. Then we head to Mufuta – a place where we take food that provides a meal for the children that come across the road from the school. We have a very busy week with a lot of meetings.

 Now, for the receipt for the day out of the Zambezi Traveler: Listed in the article called “How to keep an elephant out of your garden.” Chilli Dung Balls:

Fresh elephant dung – still steaming essential

Hottest fresh chillis available

Old potato or onion sack, or netting
Giant size pestle and mortar

Method: Mix the dung and chilli in the pestle and mortar, pounding well, then pat into a hand size ball. Scoop out a small cavity in the top of the ball, and place the ball in the sack of netting suspended in a convenient place to dry thoroughly. Enjoy!!!

Our favorite phrase: TIA (This is Africa)

Most missed: family, friends and for Lorna only – pretzels

Challenge: Not being able to run the toothbrush under the facet water or drink out of the tap.

Frustration:  Technology 

Annoyance: Ants, Ants, Ants, Flies, bugs, bugs.

Blessings: The people: children, staff, community and volunteers, sunrise and sunsets.

Biggest adjustment (as of now): driving and money exchange rate(s).

Thankful: God, our prayer partners, our supporters, our families and our friends!!!!

Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.


1 comment:

  1. It's so exciting to follow you in your photos and on your blog. If someone wanted to send a care package - could we? And to what address might one send something? Love you both.