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Monday Musings – 17/01/11

When in Africa…

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…


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  • Heather

    January 17, 2011

    Hi Guys….wow….what a book you’ll be writing soon. You definitely are in our prayers…patience will be one of the requests! :o) Just think of all the people you’re meeting in these little episodes! God has a sense of humour. Golf game coming up….down the way a bit! Carry on…you’re not alone….you’re with the BEST of the BEST. Bless you both. Love your blog. Ted & Heaher! <

  • Gary

    January 17, 2011

    Hi Don,

    Thanks for the update. Thinking and praying for you guys.


  • F.M. Gravel

    January 17, 2011

    Don and Marie Jose;

    We had a good laugh at reading your adaptation to Africa. What is the rush you have until June to do your work. ha! ha! ha!. We keep on praying for you and looking forward to your next blog.

    Love, Papa and Maman

    RE: No news yet from J and Sylvie, we are anxious to find out about there moving.
    Monday afternoon. 01-17-11

  • Marilyn Stroud

    January 17, 2011

    Dear M.J. and Don, I could feel your joy! (smile) But isn’t it great to know you are to be there. Congratulations on your new home. Renovations can be hard in Mississauga, too. I too am doing a bathroom. My problem was back-up of the sewer because of a clogged drain. For a month yet! Anyway, I so enjoy the blogs and they are carefully stored in the Archives of the PAOC, pictures and all. I love it when I can hear about all that God does for His servants no matter where they are. Enjoy the adventure. You truly are mosern day pioneers of the faith. Just think, in 75 to 100 years, if the Lord tarries, a researcher will be perusing the archive viles on the Mann;s and will come across some wonderful musings and will be able to write a research essay on the work done through the organization called “Reinventing the church”. I think of you both often and certainly enjoy your communications. Blessings, Marilyn Stroud

  • Marilyn Stroud

    January 17, 2011

    Too bad I didn’t proof read carefully. I meant to say ‘Modern day pioneers” and “files” instead of “viles”. Oh well. so much for being careful. Marilyn

  • Arn & Elsie Bowler

    January 17, 2011

    We love your Blog and it brings back memories. It is so different to actually LIVE in a country compared to just coming for a visit.

    We pray you can soon enjoy your new dwelling and get settled so you can ‘get on’ with your ministry.
    A & E

  • celil

    January 19, 2011

    Hi Don and MJ. I feel so much for you. That’s why I pray that God calls me where there are flush toilets, running water. Showers with hot water and bed sheets. You guessed it, CANADA. Every home I go into, is a possible mission field. I guess that’s why most missionary posts are referred to as developing country Thank God for your hillbillie buggy. God bless you both.

  • Lennox.s.Dwarka

    February 15, 2011

    Blessings brother & sister mann, I enjoy reading your blog, it keeps me up to date,
    and will help me to pray more effectively.
    Reading you blog also reminds me also of the Guyana system and going on missions trip to Barbados and Dominica, things works at a different pace.
    1 Cor. 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have
    entered into the heart of man the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
    God Bless and keep you both in the arms of His LOVE.
    Lennox & Rosannah


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