Zambia #2 "Mostest Happiest"


Mostest happiest

Our flight from Seattle to London then London to Lusaka, Zambia took 28 hours, counting 6 hour lay over in London. We left on Thursday and arrived on Saturday morning.

As we approached Lusaka our plane flew lower and I could see the area around the small capital city, it was dry and partitioned off into large farming fields. We are arriving at the end of the 8 month dry season, that means it should start raining soon. At the Airport we were met by two brothers, Nanad is a German and will be my Overseer in the Plastering department, the other brother was Numld, a Kenyan that works in the legal, (he is half of that department) department. They were happy to see us and rushed us off to the bethel.

As I said the city is small, about the a quarter of the size downtown Portland. The Bethel is about 15 miles out of town on a old large farm. They only use half or so of the area for the Bethel so the surrounding area around the bethel is left wild. As we drove in Tamara and I watched a large herd of Antelope being chased by 3 young Zebras.

The Bethel its self is made up of 5 large buildings, all four stories tall. The grounds around the buildings are large and extremely well cared for.

We were put in a Guest room till we get assigned a permanent room. The room is super; it has a bathroom, small kitchen area with a mini fridge and oven. The large main room just has enough space for a couch, a desk and a bed. In total maybe 500 sq feet. We are on the third floor and our windows over look the herd of antelope that live just outside the Bethel wall.

Nanad helps us get all situated and gives us a large envelope with our names on it. This is our introduction package, it is has information on how to integrate us with the Bethel family; from laundry service data and housekeeping schedule to dress and meal instructions. I will share more with ya on that later; don’t want to make my letters a chore to read.

On Sunday we were invited to come to the Ministerial Training School Graduation. This was the 29th class to graduate in Zambia. I got to talk to just a few of the 23 young brothers, they sure did radiate excitement and zeal.

Zambia

Many of the congregations in this area of the world only one or two elders and a few ministerial servants. Other congregations have vast territories where the good news is not extensively preached. Hence, there is a great need for qualified men not only to take the lead in the evangelizing work but also to shepherd the flock and teach the congregations. The aim of the Ministerial Training School is to training brothers for these responsibilities. Many of the young brothers were from neighboring counties like Namibia and Malawi.

Although the Ministerial Training School is an extension of the Watchtower Bible School of Gilead, which trains missionaries for foreign service, its curriculum is unique. During the eight week school, the students undertake an intensive study of the Bible. They carefully consider a wide range of Bible teachings, including counsel on shepherding responsibilities and guidelines for handing problems in Christian living. They also learn what the Scriptures teach about administrative, judicial and organizational matters. They also receive specialized training in public speaking.

One young brother, Abraham was from Malawi. He came from a 15 person family made up of 3 regular pioneers, 1 elder and 1 ministerial servant all are in the truth. He joked that his family is a small congregation in its self. He had a great job as a foreman on a construction crew. When he asked his boss for time off to attend the School his boss refused to let him go and even offered him a promotion. When asked about how he felt about making the sacrifice to be a part of the school he responded; “I am the most happiest person on the earth!”

Tomorrow we will start a two day orientation schedule that will include a Branch tour, Infirmary registrations, room care and laundry duty. On Wednesday we should get our assignments which will probably be in the Plastering department. They are adding on a additional four story building. All the walls of this building inside and out need to be plastered.

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Of the 350 people at the Bethel, 200 are temporary construction works like Tamara and I. They come from all areas of the world including Germany, Canada, Ireland and neighboring African countries. We also met a couple our age from S. Carolina.

We are both feeling good if not tired from the long journey. I would share more about the travel here but want to keep this letter on a positive note.

As I write this the rain has started. Lightning like I have not seen before and rain in sheets. When I say the rain has started, I mean that this is the first rain of the season. But no worries, the rain should stop sometime in April.

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Hope all is well with you guys and even though we don’t miss you yet, we think and talk about you.

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  1. #1 by Jeannie on March 6, 2011 - 3:00 am

    Keep writing Christopher. I am enjoying this.

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