Well, I am in TOWN!! Week two and still loving my new home!! Please visit!
Here is just a little of my second week…Week two was rather uneventful! We actually had a few cool mornings; it was sooo nice! The afternoon warmed right up, but with periodic rain showers offering some relief, it has been much more pleasant…
We had our first Ladies Bible Study on Saturday. The village is located in the valley below our compound. I seemed to have forgotten what the “hike” to get there was like. It is in a different spot this year. Now let me just add, this is not a walk in the park. We are hustling over rocks and through grass as tall as me on a path the width of a Chick-Fil-a sandwich. Ummm that would sure taste good… Ok, focus…the study was lead by a sweet lady named Martha. She is new to Senkobo, I am really enjoying getting to know her. Meetings here are a bit challenging because people don’t arrive on time. I am very familiar with being fashionably late but here in Zambia,I am not really sure what being on time means. The meeting was supposed to start at 2:30. There were 5 of us there at 2:30. At 3:00 two or three more had shown up, so we attempted to begin the meeting with 7 women…at 3:15 (45 minutes later) several more had come and honest-to-goodness, at 3:45 two more showed up while we were taking prayer request and ending the meeting. For most of the meeting we had about 13 women. It was still a successful first meeting!
We are looking forward to going to the village of Kabuyu, to preach and show the Jesus film with the team that is coming March 24! Pray that God moves MIGHTILY through this team and that the hearts of the people in Kabuyu are responsive.
I am afraid it is going to take me some time to be confident in the calculation of the Zambian currency as well as the metric system (especially where cooking is involved). They work with such large numbers here! I was making Jello (they refer to it as Jelly) the directions called for 235 ml of water. Now, that seems like a lot of water! Here a soda costs about 4,500 Kwachas; a dress can be about 250,000 Kwachas and a $10,000.00 automobile costs 50 million Kwachas. I am being a little facetious, and fortunately over the past few years have become familiar enough with their currency that I can shop for groceries! I bought a plastic dish drain for a whopping 37,500 Kwacha – I thought that was a ridiculous price until I calculated the dollar amount to find it was only about $8.00. It is amazing to see the Zambians chatter about hundreds of thousands and tens of millions…when this country is so poor. The good part is I only weigh only 55 kilograms! You are on your own to figure that one out!
I spend a lot more time in the kitchen than usual because almost everything has to be made from “scratch” which I am sure must be a lot healthier! No Eggos or Poptarts, I can make a mean cheese pizza! No taco bell, so my “chaparties” (taco shells) are a far cry from perfection. There are very few “pre-made “dishes we can purchase and no quick drive—throughs! Ken asked me what I was doing for breakfast yesterday; I told him I was going to Bojangles! LOL No sausage biscuits here! I have not even SEEN the likes of a biscuit and I have not found a sausage I really care for yet! Eggs are easy to find, so we eat a lot of eggs, egg sandwiches, egg and grits, egg and egg (egg gumbo) JUST KIDDING! Thought of Forest Gump! We also eat a of LOT chicken. We may have feathers when we meet again! But we are so blessed to have plenty of food; we have not eaten Peanut Butter and Jelly once since we have been here, that is a good sign! We have yet to go hungry, PTL!!
I love my kitchen; I have a large kitchen window above the sink, which overlooks the orphanage grounds. I can see and hear the children playing in the distance, to be so unfortunate they are so incredibly happy. I love each one of them to pieces! The girls have already told me they want to bake cookies again!! : )
I guess I forgot to “sweep my ground” this morning. I was doing the breakfast dishes and our sweet gardener was sweeping the dirt outside the front of our home. I have to admit it does look nice, but I am not accustomed to sweeping the ground yet. I asked why they do it “it is a cultural thing, it looks nicer” I guess like we would mow the grass, they sweep the dirt… but they do it daily. The house mothers here take great pride in the appearance of their home inside and out. Sweeping the ground outside their door does make it look very tidy!
I am still adjusting to so many things being backwards. As you know, they drive on the left side of the road and that alone is a challenge, but they also drive on the right side of the vehicle, I am totally helpless. I have yet to drive a stick shift comfortably, so you should see me trying to drive on the WRONG side of the road, on the WRONG side of the car and shift gears with the WRONG hand.
The power is off right now - no idea why or for how long, it just goes! Speaking of power, I am also learning about 110/220 voltage –convertors and adaptors. We brought a few items from the states that we knew we could not get here. I have not blown anything up…yet!
In the homes here, you switch the light up for off and down for on…the cold and hot water handles are also opposite…at 1:00PM they go ‘military’ on me and it becomes 13 hours (not 1:00). I was just getting used to the time difference. We were 7 hours ahead of you, but last week the US recognized Daylight Savings time and now it is only 6 hours difference…as if being blonde was not a big enough challenge!!
Ken has done an outstanding job on making our house a home. He built a bed frame and headboard for our mattress. We don’t have closets in our home, so he designed a place for me to hang some clothes in our hallway. He made a partition out of grass mats for the living room. We needed a place for his tools, so they are behind the partition unable to be seen! We had our curtains made and Ken hung them- he also hung a full length mirror for me! We found a few nice area rugs for the concrete floors and it just looks so amazingly Africanish! We are settled for now. Unlike most women in the world, I am not a huge fan of “shopping” but we had to shop for EVERYTHING from kitchen staples to power strips. We brought 16 suitcases in all. Each one weighed 50 pounds but is a far cry from a UHAUL. We could only bring the things we could not get over here, of course our clothes (Luzianne tea, grits, ramen noodles- you know… the necessities of life) linens, were a must; but everything else had to be purchased over here. So I think we have made our last big shopping trip out. You think Walmart is bad… there is one “Shop Rite” grocery store here, it is fairly new and EVERYONE shops there…and if you don’t get there early your selection will be limited!
I am still just so excited to be here, we love Global Samaritans Children’s Home and wish you were here too! Love and miss you. Can’t wait for our first team to arrive in 8 days. Please pray for Team Coggins to have a safe trip, to stay well while they are here and to do ALL that God has for them to do while they are here.
Must run for now,