Halfterm holidays

Four of us volunteers went to Mpika in the Northeastern Province of Zambia for a week during our holidays. It is a more rural area than the Copperbelt. Whe helped a German missionary, HP Hertler, with some building work. One of us volunteers is a carpenter, who had already built some kitchen furniture there. During our stay there we assisted him in making a ceiling in one room and two cupboards for another room.

We got the chance to visit a small Baptist church, housed in a school there, which left me with a very good impression. The pastor wasn’t very old and a lot of youth were present. I remember the sermon as profound, sparkling with genuine thought and love, far from commonplace rhetoric. We also took part in a youth meeting on the same day and played some football and volleyball with them.

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Writing again.

I realise that I have written hardly anything about this school term yet. I’ve gotten used to this life here and am looking towards going back to Europe. This and laziness (me losing interest) were the reasons why I haven’t been writing.

Finally just before halfterm holidays I started to pay attention and keep track of what was happening again. Here a few incidents from that week.

One of our white students killed a fat Puff Adder near the dorm. Their bite can be deadly. A few of the boys had lots of fun trying to hang the snake on a tree in front of the dorm. They made at least 6 attempts and everytime the muscles would start contracting and the snake would slide of among cries of “It’s alive!”.

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