Sunday, January 24, 2010

Sundays in Zambia



On our way back from the park, we stopped at another Chipata village to participate in a church dedication. They had just completed construction on the structure. It wasn't quite what I expected. I thought it would be another cinder block building, like the other churches I'd seen.



Isn't it beautiful? We milled around a bit outside before the service.













The pink arrow is pointing to the nshima we'd be eating after the service.





Washing my hands before the meal


I felt very honored to participate in the service, but even more honored to be allowed to eat a meal with these beautiful people. It was a good day.

12 comments:

Barry said...

They are beautiful people an appear both happy and healthy.

Ann T. said...

Dear The Bug,
Another lovely story. Thank you so much for sharing these pictures and experiences.

Ann T.

Evening Light Writer said...

I'm looking at the faces this morning of the people in your photographs. What beautiful faces! And the colors of the clothing and that woman's hat with that yellow. It really is a wonderful post..and your pictures are a delight to me.

Kimberly Mason said...

I love those beautiful faces! I opened your blog this morning, anticipating Zambia and beautiful faces. A great start to my Sunday.

ellen abbott said...

That's what churches should look like. I loved the cross made of flowers. And they are a beautiful people. How lucky you are.

Ruth said...

When I look at your images I feel we've lost a lot in our culture: community.

Argent said...

This was a real ray of sunshine. Those folks look happy with their new church - and who wouldn't be? I'm sure God prefers these kinds of places, built with love, instead of giant stone cathedrals built to impress and show off.

Greg C said...

Great story. It should show us that money doesn't buy happiness.

A human kind of human said...

Was the Nshima (is that what you called it?) perhaps a firm type of porridge made of mealie meal (flower made from corn)?

The Bug said...

Human - yes it was! I actually really enjoyed eating it a lot. It did take me a bit to get the hang of using it as my "utensil."

Anonymous said...

These photos jump off the screen. Full of life, especially the children.

Goldenrod said...

WONderful pictures, Bug. This series has been fascinating!

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