Monday Musings – 17/01/11
A few years ago a gentleman told me, that when you are in Africa, you need to enjoy African things. He was referring to safari’s and inexpensive rounds of golf.
MJ and I have been in Africa for one week, now, and I would like to tell you about a few African things that we have enjoyed.
We enjoyed arriving at the Lusaka International Airport and watching as all six of our hockey bags and suitcases arrived safe and sound.
We enjoyed being greeted by Al and Geneva Wright who not only hosted us for three days and nights in Lusaka, but just hours after our arrival, drove us from store to store so that we could buy a stove and small appliances.
We enjoyed watching God work out the details regarding our car that was supposed to have been waiting for us in Lusaka. Instead, we discovered that it was still in Durban, South Africa and did not arrive in Lusaka until this past Saturday. We are indebted to the Village of Hope for renting their Toyota Land Cruiser to us, so that we could leave for Kitwe. MJ, Milton Brown (a wonderful gentleman from Ontario, who is helping us to renovate our house in Kitwe), and myself looked like an re-enactment of the Beverly Hill Billy’s, as we left Lusaka with a stove and luggage in the back and a queen mattress and box spring on the roof rack. MJ and I will return to Lusaka this week to pick up our 2001 Nissan X-Trail.
We enjoyed arriving in Kitwe, on Tuesday about 4:30 p.m.,, and having John and Ruth Kerr hand us the keys to our Kopa St. residence. We drove the Hill Billy mobile to our new African home and unloaded some of the contents. A fresh look at the house reminded us that there was a lot of work to be done but as always, we looked ahead to the end product and not the amount of work it will take to get there. The Kerr’s invited us back to their home for supper – thanks Ruth for the beautiful “welcome” meal!!!!
We enjoyed getting up Wednesday morning at the Life Center guest house where we are staying for the first week, putting on our work clothes and heading over to Kopa St. to begin the renovation work. Milton immediately started to tear out the washroom and prepare it for a complete rebuild. That is when the fun started for MJ and me, as it was our job to do all the shopping for the building supplies.
When in Kitwe, you discover that you cannot get everything at the same store. The paint store sells the paint & rollers but no trays – had to go to another store for that. You can buy a curtain rod, but no brackets, they are scheduled to come in next week. (not sure which week!) There is no such thing as drywall, here it is called Rhino board, and I now know why they call it a rhino, because it comes in 18×4 sheets and I am not talking inches!!!! The only way I could get it in the Land Cruiser was to cut it, and when I finally convinced someone to cut it for me, they tried to cut it with a nail. I had my first opportunity to mentor someone in making use of a knife to cut Rhino board instead of a nail. Now it is time to pay and I discovered that this is a four step process. First, the one who has served you writes up the bill. Second, the owner of the store comes along and counts all that you are purchasing and signs the bill. Next, you go to the cashier and pay the bill. Finally, as you leave the building, someone else counts your items, writes something in a book and stamps your bill. I guess you would call it the African Costco.
It will be sometime before I get to enjoy an African safari or an inexpensive golf game, as there is much work to be done on our home and at the new leadership center, but be assured, that I am enjoying the “baptism” of being immersed in African culture. Were there moments of frustration – yes! Is there any second guessing as to why we are here – no!!!!
Thanks for your ongoing support and encouragement as we take risks for Kingdom impact!
Until next time from our new African home…