Third Day of the Feast

Trip Start Sep 11, 2010
Trip End Oct 06, 2010

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Flag of Malawi  , Lake Malawi National Park,
Saturday, September 25, 2010

The mornings here at Fat Monkeys resorts are so calming. The staff her is calming. There is a sense of warmth and kindness in the Malawian people unlike any others in Africa and that is why Beverly and I like so much to come here.

Since it is the weekly Sabbath in the middle of the Feast we are holding there are two services.  I have the morning service where my sermon is Psalm 15, the psalm known as "God's Gentleman."  It is the second most popular psalm after Psalm 23.  

After services we visited with people as we usually do and then had lunch with the Chilopora’s and Khembo’s.  In the afternoon Elifazi Salawila gave the sermon.  Because there are only four of us who cannot understand Chewa, I have asked that he give his sermon entirely in their native language and not break up the speaking into the two languages.  I am getting used to the back and forth translations and find it best with quick one sentence back and forths.  It is a bit disorienting at times, but you really make it part of the way you communicate publicly here.

When the afternoon service came to a close, I could see the evening sky approaching.  Once it gets dark, it gets dark FAST!  There are no street lights, the roads are not marked and they are dangerous with potholes and unknown obstacles.  The approach to one bridge is literally dangerous as you can inadvertently drive off the bridge.  But, everyone is used to it.   In the afternoon service I accompanied they song services.  Henry Khembo led songs.

The contributions from UCG members in San Diego and others sources are paying for some special meals for the people here.  We are having a special 3 meat meal catered in two sittings over the next few days.  Plus…..Henry Khembo is providing eight goats for about 3-4 evening barbeques.  He and his wife Cindy have been very generous and loving towards these people.  Henry came from Lower Shire south to Blantyre and married an American woman who came to the Feast in the 80’s.  He now lives with Cindy in New York City. They have a ten year old son Jordan. 

After services as it was getting dark we drove out to the venue where the dinners for the Festival attendees will be served.  It’s about an eight minute walk from where we meet.  I give a lot of credit to my wife Beverly, Henry, Elifazi Salawila for bringing this all together on the fly.  To the people it appears as though it was has all been perfectly pre-planned.  If so, it was not by us, but by a higher power.

Then we drove out in utter darkness where the children’s movies are being shown. It’s about one kilometer from Fat Monkeys.  Again, no street lights, lots of people all over and a busy marketplace as thought it was mid-day.  It’s only 6:15 PM, but it’s completely dark.  The market will go on until 9:30 PM or later we are told.

We finally come to the movie theater at the end of the road….or at least we think it is.  Roads seem to end, but there is always something beyond.  There is an outdoor screen and children and adults stand and some sit on the ground watching.  One thing for sure.  You don’t have to turn down the lights to see things in the evening here.  You have perfect projection conditions.

Finally, we sat outside Henry’s rooms and just talked for a few hours.  I find him to be a great companion.  Considering all the things that we do here it is quite relaxing. The pace is different from that at home and quite a refreshing contrast for now.   

Tomorrow will be a big day as we will have the sponsored lunch, the boating outing and then Henry’s Goat Roast.

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