Out to Mumbwa!

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

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Flag of Zambia  , Central,
Sunday, October 3, 2010

Today was a day I was waiting for for a long time:  Four years! That's how long it's been since I've seen our cattle in the Mumbwa region. 

Shirley Bands is still not feeling well so Kambani Banda is not coming with us. However, his son Joe is doing the driving and does a fine responsible job.  We even offered to skip our two day trip to Nalubanda and Kasumpa, but Kambani insisted that we continue with the program that we had.

At the Banda's they had kittens born recently. We take two of them out to Mumbwa with us. One goes to Nalubanda and the other to Mapoko.

Our first stop was Kasumpa where Jerry and Nice Schachoongo live. He is a prosperous farmer who provides well for his family.  There is a well on his property.  Also, of the two shellers that the Australian United Church of God donated.  The diesel sheller does one month's shelling work on the farms in one hour.  They reserved a few bags of maize to run through the sheller for us to demonstrate how the sheller works. 

We were able to see one of the three finished church buildings here in the Mumbwa region. The building are here in Kasumpa, Nalubanda and Nalubanda North. The interior was clean and bright and had chairs. This is where Church services are conducted.  

We took Jerry with us for the remainder of our two day trip on to Nalubanda West where Apren and Grace Momba live. That's also where Joe lives now.  He tends a garden and lives on Apren's property.  

It's interesting that there is cell phone service from there, but only from an ant hill.  It's not that high....maybe 2-3 feet, but there are some properties that allow for a cell phone connectivity.  It worked for me in the same way as I called Kambani Banda from here.  

We went out to see one of the two big herds of LifeNets cattle about two miles away.  They always say that "it's close by" but on the bumpy roads it seems arduous and longer than two miles.  

The animals were beautiful in the lush vegetation by water. About four of the young men from the commmunity were there tending to them.  They take them in different directions, but then they come together and did so for us so that we could see them all together. I got some good video and stills of the animals and people working with them. 

On to our third stop for the day in Nalubanda north. It was tempting to skip it, but I'm sure glad we didn't. It was 15 miles there on extremely beat up roads.  I could not have driven myself as Joe had to negotiate through challenging breaks in the roadl.  There are no signs.  There are many forks to the road and sometimes he had to wonder exactly which fork to take.  It was good having Jerry Schachoongo with us to help us know where to go.

When we arrived at the third church building, a group of people were waiting for us. There must have been at least 15 or so. They arranged chairs in a big circle and we just talked.  Some walked up to ten miles just to be there with us for that short period of time. Wow!  I really admire the Zambian rural brethren!  

We took Joyce Kasakabantu and one of her children back to her home.  It was some distance.  She had walked out here earlier in the day to just spend the little bit of time we had.  She showed us the new home that she and her husband Maxwell were building and hoped to move into soon. LifeNets is going to help with some items that require cash such as window frames and sheet metal roof.

Then on to Mumbwa Town where we stayed at a hotel with a Spanish sounding name -- like La Hacienda.  The road on this last stretch was the worst of all.  There were huge chasms....sometimes right through the middle of the road!  It took great skill to just keep something bad from happening.  If something should happen to go wrong, there was no phone or service of any kind...it would mean walking many miles for help. I know that God was with us.

We settled into our hotel, had a great meal and reflected on the days events.  We had one kitten left.  Bev had presented the first one to Grace Momba at Nalubanda West.


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