The African Journey (4)
A Day in the Mumbwa Area of Zambia
Sunday July 2, 2000
Listen to some of the music of the day!
Arrival in the village of Nalubanda in the Mumbwa region. Only one family had access to a team of oxen that they had rented to help with plowing
Anticipation mounts as we all gather
View of the settlement of Nalubanda where all the people are UCG members
Van Belkum and Banda examine the fire damage
All their furniture and clothes went up in smoke
Communal kitchen where dinner for all us was being prepared: chicken, antelope, sodza and intestines
The final preparations before serving
The children were always quick to pose for photos
The women tended to sit by themselves as did the men
Uplifting music praising God
Giving sermon. Translation by Apren into the Ilo language, one of 73 Zambian languages and dialects
The children were extraordinarily quiet
The bicycle parking lot in the village
The bagged maize crop
The oxen were a hit
Kamani Banda with member Armstrong Maninga. His growth needs treatment, but it's a long trip into Lusaka
The ever-present Head Man
Apren and Grace Momba's family
Maxwell and Joyce Kasakabantu
Banda and van Belkum with Philemon and Esther Mafohla. Philemon has about 55-57 children.
Cash crop cotton
The maize crop was just picked from this field
The Mumbwa brethren sang a beautiful good-bye song to us
Jonathan and Loveness Ndiya with two children, all on one bike come from the other village of Muchabi about 10 miles away. Those without bicycles walked.
We came by Land Rover Discovery from Lusaka after a number of obstacles. We were three and a half hours late arriving at 1:30 PM
were warmly greeted by the families.
We were informed that village leader Apren and Grace's home was gutted Friday night, less than 48 hours before our arrival. They lost everything. Maybe we can do something to help them?
So did their books and magazines
....including all their Good News magazines
Mother and her baby
Communal center where we had our meal followed by Church service
Group leader Apren Momba, who had lost his home to fire two nights ago
Attentive listeners to the sermon
The Head Man from the neighboring settlement came by. Nalubanda is in his jurisdiction
Apren Momba leading the service
Fellowship after our meeting
The bikes are quite used
Three leaders: Kamani Banda, Apren Momba, and Maxwell Kasakabantu
Our Land Rover gave us countless problems. As we left Nalubanda we discovered our front left was low. A bicycle pump remedied that.
The children enjoyed ride by the oxen
Armstrong and Mary Maninga and children.
After a wonderful day all head back home
The long way home for us back to Lusaka