Zambian Sunday to Tuesday

Sunday was a great joy as we headed off to Pastor Zulu’s First Pentecostal Church. We were a little late to the service, arriving around 9:45, but since the service goes until Noon, we were there in plenty of time to enjoy the music and the message. Pastor Zulu is a wonderful speaker and very animated. The benches were pretty uncomfortable, so it was pretty hard to fall asleep anyway. The children who come, must also sit, but they sit on little boards that are put atop cement blocks. After the service, we marched out of the church and formed a line and shook hands with everyone there as they emerged from the building.

Later in the day, we rested and listened to both Kathleen and Benedict share about the progress and the plans for the Village. They have so many stories of God’s direct intervention at the Village… miracle upon miracle. I asked them if they planned to write a book … it would be a worthwhile effort. We also got to meet David, a missionary/farm manager who is currently serving in Nicaragua, but has loaned himself out to the Village of Hope. Hallelujah! He brings enormous knowledge and experience and is overseeing the critical land preparation and bore holes for water. He is also a wonderful storyteller from his many adventures around the world, serving God.

By the end of the day, it was decided that I would teach the 10 Conservation Farming students how to use the cameras Monday through Wednesday and then do a second round of classes for the house mothers and other key workers. In this way, the progress at the Village can be documented by many hands along the way. I am only sorry we have only 7 cameras left, but perhaps I can get the 3 broken ones replaced after I get back to the States.

Baby by GraceMonday, I started with the students. We met at the Odaka School, one of the older rooms that barely fit the 10 of them and me. Like the Namibia kids, I talked to them about the different kinds of photography first. Unlike the Namibian kids, most of them had NEVER held a camera! But they were all very willing students and they couldn’t wait to get started.

Growing on the Land by LameckToday, we reviewed their pictures. This time, we met at the “cold storage” building. This was a very dusty place and not the best location for what we were doing. I do hope to change our location tomorrow. Farm Market by AliceAll the same, there were many, many good and even great pictures. It is so interesting to see their personalities in the shots. Like the COZV kids, I insisted that they take head shots. This is the way I knew they would become more intimate with their pictures and it worked. A few of them shot their homes and their families… but almost all of them, shot their fields… the plants, the dirt, the fruit of their hard labor.

Also today, I went with Kimberly and Mary Zulu to the Odaka School where they conduct two back to back Bible classes. The 5th & 6th grade kids are like any kids, some interested, some not. But the hardest thing to see was school itself… They are making do with so little. They have no books, very little paper, and the rooms are bare but for the small tables and benches, a teacher’s desk, and one small blackboard. During the second lesson, I went outside to shoot more pictures and ran into the school’s director, Jane. She is very kind and invited me to see her house. I appreciated her willingness to show me her humble home and to allow me to shoot pictures of her there. She is a smart woman and knows how important it is to share their plight with the Western world’s affluent.

On Thursday, I will be returning to the school to do some kind of “theater thing.” I’m still not sure what to do. I could use a little prayer help there. Some of my old “standby” stuff jst doesn’t work as well with these kids… games like, “Who am I?”… or “Where am I?” … when their choices are so limited. Many Zambians rarely leave their districts throughout their lifetimes.

It is late now and I am awaiting Mike, Kathleen & Benedict … oh, they’re here. More later.


~ by Irm Brown on November 14, 2007.

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