July 13, 2019

Day 4 - Immersing in the Culture

Discover & Learn Zambia HANDS Team:

Saturday dawned bright and sunny with no chance of rain (haha)!!!  We were excited to experience not only some rest but to have the opportunity to immerse ourselves in the Zambian culture of Lundazi!  On the agenda today was to visit the city market, which required a trip to the bank.  This was our fist cultural lesson of the day; it isn’t considered “butting in line” if you are in the building before the person who is in line.  The exchange rate is $1 US for 12 Kwacha (Zambian currency). 

Our next cultural experience took us to the local market.  The first thing we saw (and smelled) were the dried fish.  We were taken aback by the smell and the number of flies that surrounded these stalls.  As we meandered through the market, we discovered the friendly nature of the Zambian people, the comradery with each other, the beautiful colours of their material and the intricate nature of the handwoven baskets.  There were many people who wanted to show those who purchased the baskets how to use them!!  

This afternoon we met a team from the Netherlands who are building an addition to a school here.  After chatting with this group, we learned how blessed we are to have beds off the ground, a flushing toilet and running water!!

This afternoon we walked around the town and found a monument of a man throwing rocks.  A local man introduced himself and explained to us that this monument symbolized Lundazi’s freedom from the British rule in 1964.  The spot we were standing in was an official protest spot where people come to have their voice heard by the government.  This man also explained about the houses that surrounded this spot were built by the British and were built off the ground so that the British could see the wild animals pass by their houses with an up close and personal view.

We bought watermelon, played volleyball with some children, danced with other children and had our picture taken with others who were excited about our blonde hair. 

In reflection of the day we discovered more of God’s beautiful creation.  We learned more intimately that God is good, and we serve an all powerful and Righteous God and although we may feel powerless and insignificant in some of experiences, He has all of us in His hands.

Psalm 37: 23-24

The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.

Comments:

Debbie V
Jul 13, 2019 at 8:17 pm

Praying for you and the team, Kim. Your posts are great... keep them coming! God bless!

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