It’s time to go!
Well, it’s time to leave for Zambia. We depart tomorrow morning on Ethiopian Airways for Addis Ababa and from there to Lusaka arriving at noon on Thursday. We will be in Lusaka for the remainder of Tuesday and then head for Siavonga on Wednesday afternoon.
Here is the schedule for this year’s trip.
25 – leave USA
26 – arrive Lusaka
27 – gathering materials in Lusaka – Siavonga
28 – rest (yeah right!)
29 – leadership workshop – Siavonga
30 – leadership workshop – Siavonga
31 – worship – Siavonga
01 – plant congregation – Kabanana
02 – rest (!)
03 – plant congregation – Mwakaingamwa
04 – preparation and travel to village lectureship in Kasamba
05 – village lectureship
06 – village lectureship & Sunday
07 – Sunday worship in Kasamba
08 – well repair
09 – well repair
10 – travel to Lusaka
11 – well repair
12 – well repair
13 – well repair
14 – outreach church service
15 – rest
16 – visit Masaga church
17 – visit junction church
18 – visit Chitanga church
19 – travel to Copperbelt
20 – Copperbelt
21 – Copperbelt
22 – travel to Muyombe
23 – workshop – Muyombe
24 – workshop – Muyombe
25 – workshop – Muyombe
26 – return to Siavonga
27 – review
28 – Siavonga worship
29 – travel to Lusaka
30 – depart
As you can see it is a full schedule. We are planning on repairing at least 10 wells. Usually we can do that many and some more by being frugal with new materials and reusing sound materials.
We have not been to Muyombe in several years. A visit is needed to follow up on previous work. The only problem would be if the truck does not perform well. We have been slowly working on it and putting it back to rights. It is hoped (and prayed for) that it will be up to the task. We will need to baby it a bit and not push too hard. The location of Muyombe is about 180 km into the bush from Isoka. When last we traveled there the road was not bad in some places and pretty bad in others.
The road to Muyombe goes over this mountain. Last time it was really slow because the road was badly rutted and covered with stones. You can see the road in the foreground. Not too bad but really dusty this time of the year.
One thing about Muyombe it is only a few kilometers from the border with Malawi. As a result we will probably see members and leaders from congregations just over the border.
Last time we were in Muyombe they did not have electricity. I am not sure if it has arrived as yet. I think that it may have. If not it is a different experience when the only lights are candles.
We are in the Dulles area for the evening. I wanted to post before I leave to make certain everything is in order. Next post will be from Zambia on Tuesday.
Charles & Audrey
Charles and Charles, I am planning a trip to Lusaka Wednesday 27–am Collecting Harding University on the 28th. I can bring your materials, but need to know where to leave them. I will not have time to go down to Siavonga. Roy
Roy, we will be in Lusaka on the 27th so we can meet (perhaps for lunch and collect the materials. I will call you when I arrive on Tuesday the 26th.
We are praying as you start this year’s mission that the Lord will open doors for you and that your spirit and body and mind will be ready and up to the challenge. Know we are praying every day for your safety and your insight. We love you all
Charles: Have a great journey!! Jim