Zambia #4 "Bug Pizza"

Bug Pizza

Hello everyone,
We got to go to our first meeting on Thursday night. It was a few miles from the Branch. The Hall was made out of concrete walls and a tin roof with wood benches. The English they speak is takes a about 1/4 a second to decode but we are grasping most everything.
The food here is great. We are feed every morning at 6:50 AM, lunch is at noon and dinner at 5 or so. The morning breakfast has a spiritual part to it. Every morning we consider a scripture from the Examining the Scriptures book. The a panel of 4 Brothers or Sisters read their prepared comments on it also. Then there is a prayer and we eat. The tables seat 10 people with one Brother being the table head. The menu is great. Some of the local dishes we have had are cabbage cooked in peanut butter, corn porridge and some stews. There is also chicken, hamburgers and such, just depends on the menu for the day. One thing that is taking me a bit to get used to is that since the Bethels all over the world are supported by voluntary donations, there is a huge focus on using resources to the maximum possible. You are expected to eat everything you put on your plate. That takes a bit of practice for most Americans.
Last night we went to a brothers room, he was having a few over. He made Termite pizza. The locals really like to eat termites and he made a pizza with them. The was interesting looking. I tried one of the termites and it tasted (kinda) like pork rinds.


One strange thing here is the prevalence of death. Everyone has had family members die of cancer, malaria and other diseases. I would say that half of the 200 brothers have grown up in families with out one or two parents. A few days ago a brother here just found out that his sister had died from Malaria. There are even 8 cases of Malaria here in the Bethel. According to the World Health Organization, malaria is prevalent in over 100 countries. Each year, between 400 million and 600 million cases of malaria are diagnosed, and 1.5 million to 2.7 million people die of the disease. In recent years, malaria has become more difficult to control and treat because malaria parasites have become resistant to drugs, and mosquitoes that transmit the disease have become resistant to insecticides. Most of the deaths are from the very young and very old. There is no drug that will prevent you from getting Malaria but you can use a chemotherapy drug, Chloroquine that is a synthetic chemical similar to quinine. That way when you get the disease you cure yourself right away. Other than that you just have to wait for the symptoms to occur and then take the drugs. The latter is the plan Tamara and I are taking. We have had most every other shot for third world disease you can get like Yellow fever (mandatory to enter another country if you have spent time in Zambia) and Typhoid.

We were moved out of the super nice room we had and into temporary (called D-block) housing. It is on site but is very basic. The rooms don’t have a bathroom or air conditioners but do have a sink and refrigerator. After a few days we found that we are very happy in this simple room.
We hope to go in Service this weekend. We hear that almost everyone you meet will talk to you. Zambians in general are very polite, affectionate and have and have great respect for the Bible. Zambia is one of the only countries in this part of the world that has never had a war or internal power struggle.
Well, I am very tired and need to head to bed. Still getting used to working at 4000ft elevation and in the heat. Here is a picture of the project building. We are working on the outside doing the plastering.


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  1. #1 by Jeannie on March 6, 2011 - 3:15 am

    The termite pizza looks crunchy!! Heard the termite has lots of protein.

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