Happy Sunday events in Harare, Zimbabwe
Trip Start Jan 07, 2013
16Trip End Jan 22, 2013
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Michael Mukarati, now the new elder here in Zimbabwe came to drive me to the Russell Hotel where hs is staying where we will baptize four people. I would have walked, but it's raining.
A family of three from the Harare area, Mike and Mavis Nyamasoka along with their adult son Sydney are being baptized as well as Morris Gumbo from Mbalabala which is out towards Bulawayo. We all changed into our swimwear and went out to the pool where we baptized in the rain. We got a little shelter from the huge bamboo tree next to the pool
This is indeed a happy day here in Zimbabwe to see the addition to the churches
After the baptisms we parted company with the now new members of the Church. The Mukarati's and Chichaya's then came to my hotel room where we spent several hours going over administrative matters relating to reporting, budget, Festival and more. Most of the brethren are very poor and 90% are unemployed and are subsistence farmers. There has been some aid given for goats and LifeNets expanded the scholarships. LifeNets South Africa manages the LifeNets details here in Zimbabwe.
We are all hoping for a great regeneration of the church and hopefully a more solid regularly meeting church in the capital Harare. Mike and Primrose live in the far east of the country in Mutare right on the border with Mozambique. He is a Human Resources director for a manufacturing company. Mobasa and Chisomo Chichaya live to the southwest of Harare in Kadoma
I have really enjoyed being with all the people here in Zimbabwe, particularly the Mukaratis and Chichayas. I had never met Mabasa and Chimoso before...and had not seen Michael and Primrose in nine years.
They all left and I'm going to be by myself for 24 hours before my flight to South Africa tomorrow, Monday. Tinashe Mukarati, the Mukarati's son was going to stop by and visit, but never did. He actually showed up earlier when we were having lunch at the hotel restaurant.
I really need exercise and went for a walk. It's rather quiet here on Sunday. I walked a few miles into the very centre of Harare, a city that has a sparkle to it...a gem from the past that is not as bright now, however. There are many large and multi-story buildings around. The sidewalks and streets are in disrepair and there are big holes in the road that could be very dangerous
You always want to look right before crossing the street. A mistake could be fatal as well. You have to get used to the movement of and flow of traffic which is totally opposite of the habits we are accustomed to in the US.
The last half hour it started to rain harder and I just walked in it. I got quite soaked and it felt good getting back to the hotel.
I miss Bev....love it when she travels with me, but this trip is done at rock bottom expense. I got cleaned up and went to the restaurant which was not going to open until 7 pm. So, I sat in the lounge watching a Manchester United vs. Liverpool football match from the UK. The crowd in the lounge was loud cheering one side or the other. I'm not into soccer, but for some reason this was enjoyable. I also finished reading a book during the two hour wait.
I was about to finish dinner, when a relatively young man sat down at my table and asked if he could join me. He said he didn't want to sit alone. OKkkay. He told me he worked for an NGO from London and just arrived. This was his first time in Africa. His name was Mark. He told me he lived in St. Albans which I'm very familiar with having gone to Ambassador College in nearby Bricket Wood. It was enjoyable talking about the common knowledge of St. Albans and its history going back to Roman times.
That's about it. My Internet would not work in the room. Probably because I exceeded the bandwidth allowed. They are quite particular about how much bandwidth you use.