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Starting the morning in song

This past week we were in Lundazi, which is 176 kilometers north of Chipata. It should only take an hour and a half to get there by car, but the road is only good for half of the way so it took us about three hours. However, this is an improvement over the last time TEEZ visited Lundazi. When Brent and Erin traveled there two years ago it took them almost five hours! The training was held at a congregation of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian. They have a small compound which included the church, some offices, houses, and a guesthouse where we stayed. Some of the training participants were also staying in the guesthouse, so we got to get to know them a bit which was fun.

Teaching

The week went by quickly and we had a good time together. We had 34 students who were very involved in the training. They even got together in the evenings to have review sessions on what they had learned that day. I really got the sense that they valued the training and I am hopeful that they will go on to lead TEEZ classes in their congregations.

Lundazi Tutor Group

We held the training in the church building and there was a beautiful big tree behind the church where we would take our tea and meal breaks. We had wonderful food over the week - sweet potatoes, cassava, nshima, beans, village chicken. I even ate my first Zambian caterpillars. Yes, caterpillars. They were fried and did not have very much taste, but they were a bit gritty. I managed to eat three, then passed the rest on to Rev. Banda.

Tea break

I bumped into my friend Nancy Collins out in Lundazi which was great fun. Nancy lives in Lusaka and is the PC(USA) Regional Liaison for East Africa, which includes the countries of Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, and Zambia. She had been in Malawi, then was having some meetings in Lundazi on her way back toward Lusaka. We only had a chance to say hello but it was wonderful to see her. The training finished on Friday and we traveled back to Kitwe over the weekend, staying a night in Lusaka on the way. I enjoyed the trip, but it is good to be home and have some time to relax after the long journey. 

Enjoying a moment in the shade


Posted April 23, 2012

Comments

Dear Rebecca, We've been to Lundazi; and yes, we've "bumped along" that road. Glad to know some of the pot holes have been filled. Did you, by chance, have a tutor trainee named Emmanual? He was my translator when we were there and I ended up preaching to a wonderful congregation in the bush about 35Ks from Lundazi. The Pastor was the only woman pastor in the Presbytery, and a remarkable woman. Both Allison MacEachron and I were there for the day, and that is where we received both chickens and our ceremonial hatchets, clubs and spears. Glad all is well. We are in final preparation for coming your way, and we look forward to seeing you in Harare, Friday evening, May 26th. Blessings and prayers, as always, fra

Fred Anderson on April 23, 2012

I so enjoy looking at your pictures, Becky! Thank you for sharing them along with your stories. With much love, Maddy

Maddy on April 23, 2012

Very nice report, Rebecca. Thanks!

Jonathan Dickey on April 26, 2012

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