August 20, 2012

Internet, FINALLY!

Lundazi HANDS Team:

Hello again!

The last few days have been full of excitement and interesting experiences.

On Saturday we went to the ceremony for the chief and it was a very different party than we Canadians are used to. Much of the entertainment was singing and dancing. This was fun to watch and at one point we were even invited to dance with the locals in the ceremony. Sarah, Helena, Cassie, Mark, Kyle, Robin and Megan tried and did our best but our hips just don’t seem to move the way theirs do. We actually were getting lessons from a priest in how to dance and greet the chief. For Helena and Sarah the lesson included him grabbing  and shaking them back and forth. We managed to dance up to the chief as the Zambians did and give him our respects. After listening to a bunch of speeches we couldn’t understand we were able to give the chief our gift which was a leopard print blanket. After we gave the gift we all had to kneel in front of the chief, say “A Timba” (all hail the chief). It was interesting to say the least.

Sunday morning we went to one of the local churches in Lundazi. The first service was in English and the second service was in Tambuka.. we stay for both. Before the service there were choir performances from the kids, adult choirs, and even us! They were very welcoming and introduced us to everyone. Megan and Jordan were given the opportunity to pray during the service which was different(and nerve racking) but they did a wonderful job. The service was mainly focused on singing and praising God. It was amazing to see how the people in Africa worship God. Their hearts are very passionate about looking toward our real home in heaven. The preaching was done by a young girl and three boys- two in each service. It was very obvious that they loved God in how exuberant they were.

In the afternoon we enjoyed a Bible study and singing by the river at a castle in Lundazi. We had a fruitful discussion about not judging others and trusting in God when making decisions in life. Our group enjoys singing and once we learned how to sing acapella, we didn’t stop until it was getting dark(it gets dark around 6 here).

When we got back to our guest house there were many kids waiting for us to play a game of soccer or football. Before we started we had to figure out what game we were playing as they call soccer ‘football’. The talent these young kids have is phenomenal and even showed up Richard who likes to think he is our soccer star.

Funnies:              What did the egg say to the person? – you crack me up! (Eric)

                                What do you call a fake noodle? –an impasta! (Sarah)

                                Do you know where the nearest animal hospital is? – cuz these    pythons are sick! (Steve)

                                Mark’s newest talent is braiding all the girls’ hair

                                Helena seems to enjoy tripping over everything

                               

Monday (today) we had our second day of work at Kapinda Day High School. We were all put to work and found something productive to do. Some were plastering, some cleared out rocks from the building, some carried bricks, some mixed cement (or mORtorrr- is how we all say it) and some(Steve) took care of our personal cement needs. Kyle dared to challenge Megan to a competition involving who is better at plastering- unfortunately for Kyle he got owned. We managed to get a lot accomplished and got to know the local workers even better. The kids even helped us out throughout the day.

Right now we are relaxing waiting for dinner and fighting for the showers (cold ones but totally worth it when you are covered in dirt and cement)- and the others are playing euchre which is a daily occurrence here. Hank and Michelle Dejong are here visiting us and we are actually using their laptop (that is why the blog is much longer today) which is much faster than Philemon’s.

We hope to keep to updated as much as we can but the power often goes out in the middle of posting a blog – or the internet doesn’t work all together.

We would like to send our love to our friends and family back home! We are having an amazing time and are very blessed to be here. Praise God!

Yours in Christ

Team Lundazi

                               

Comments:

Theresa Post
Aug 20, 2012 at 2:07 pm

I am so thrilled to hear how everyone is doing...it is very hard to be here at home, not knowing what and how your child is doing...I am thankful to hear that the team is enjoying their time while being productive. Praying for continued blessings for all of you (Sorry, but for Helena in particular as we really miss her!!!)

:)

Bill & Deb Vanderveen
Aug 20, 2012 at 8:30 pm

It is so nice to hear from the team & that you were able to say a bit about everyone!! It lets us at home know that all is well & that the Lord is at work in all of you, through your work & your friendships.

Praising God from whom all Blessings Flow!

PS...a special Hi to Megan, Robin & Richard :-)

Anita Hulzebosch
Aug 21, 2012 at 10:15 am

What an amazing experience for you all!!! God has given you such a great opportunity to witness for Him! So happy to hear that all is well and that you are having a good time! We continue to pray for your safe keeping and that our God may bless all youe endeavours and keep you all in His loving care! Would love to see some pictures if that's possible!!! Love you Jordan!!!

Harmina
Aug 21, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Dear Team - So good to hear that you are all having a great time. Wonderful to see how others glorify God in different ways. We love you Kyle and no baby yet.

Will Havenaar
Aug 21, 2012 at 9:07 pm

Thanks for keeping us up to date on your trip. Nice to read about all the wonderful things you are experiencing. It is a wonderful blessing from God that you can witness with other Christians abroad. Praise the Lord.

Vero
Aug 22, 2012 at 12:17 am

So excited about everything you guys are experiencing!! May the Lord be glorified in all and each one of you at all times!! Enjoy every second!! What a great opportunity! Love you and miss you Kyle!

Leslie Ridge
Aug 22, 2012 at 12:39 am

Praise God. What a wonderful experience for each and every one of you. A true blessing to see how a different culture worships our Lord! Uncle Kyle, Jordyn is telling everyone that she meets that you are in Africa!

Phil Schwanz
Aug 24, 2012 at 10:22 am

Thank you for sharing! I was part of the first HANDS team at Kabinda Day High School. I'm glad you had the experience of meeting the chief and being a part of the dancing! I miss the people there and the choirs singing in church.

I want to see some Tumbuka words you have learned!

Please greet Moffat, Philemon, Rev Peter, Dorothy, Christabell and Eziness for me.

Ashley & Conrad
Aug 24, 2012 at 11:30 am

Hey Kyle!! Special message just for you! You have a new niece! She was born this morning, August 24th at 5:10 a.m. Weighing in at 8lbs even! She is gorgeous and has tons of black hair! We have been truly blessed and can't even express the love we have for her already. Her name is Harper Leslie Emerson Lodder. Named after mom and Leslie!! Can't wait for you to meet her she will love you much as I do! Praise God!

Love you lots and can't wait to see you!!

Henry Lunshof
Sep 10, 2012 at 10:50 pm

It sure is great to see the picture of the team working inside the new science classroom at Kabinda high school .

We started that new classroom almost 2 years ago from thr ground up. Now to see it almost completed is a wonderful thing for this remote community. Thanks for going and being a part of this great project

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