Dancing in the Street

Posted on August 6, 2010. Filed under: Children, Creation, God, Salvation, VISION AFRICA-2010 JULY MISSION TRIP | Tags: , , , , |

This is Dancing With the Stars in Malawi

I know it has been several days since I wrote, but I had some other responsibilities to attend to.  But don’t worry, here is the next segment of my journey from Malawi.
7-16-2010 (Friday)

Chatimba

We are having a little different experience this morning at the office of Somebody Cares for our devotional time.  Keta decided it was time for us to play some games as a team-building event.  We are playing 30 Seconds and Pictionary before leaving out on our trip to the village.  I am having a lot of fun, but it is obvious Keta plays all of the time, as she is the best and is crushing the rest of us.

Our journey to Chatimba is quite long today.  We get to village and receive an awesome welcome from the people of the village and even Chief Chatimba, as everyone is Dancing in the Street. Other than Somebody Cares vehicles, only cow powered carts and bikes will be coming through, so it’s cool to be Dancing in the Street.  Most of us are dancing with the women who were having a great time.  Unfortunately, the men do not normally dance with the women, which is a bit of a bummer.  But today, Chief Chatimba decided to dance with us, so I am dancing with him too; it is a blast.  He is very excited to participate with everyone in this celebration of life.  Dancing with the Malawian people is such a joy, as they truly get into it with all their heart.  None of the other men danced; oh well.

Afterwards, half of the group went to the village gardens.  One of the gardens they went to see was the widow’s garden, which apparently was in its beginning stages.  They told me it was beautiful, and that Chief Chatimba was excited to show our group all they had accomplished in the growing of their garden.  They are growing tomatoes, herbs, and mustard greens, which are a main part of their diet here.  Many people in our group love the mustard greens, but I do not.  I have been eating them, but let me say it this way; I do not want to have them after we go home.  Chief Chatimba also showed the group a tree that every part of it is used, wasting nothing.  They use parts of the tree for relish and others to enhance the flavor of nsima.   We see banana trees all around us throughout this region, which is nice to see.  Also, there have a pond with fish in it they eat.

I am going with several in our group to the school, where about 500 kids learn English and many other things.  As we arrive, several of the children show us what they have learned, including sharing how they can speak English.

Joe, a local volunteer intern with Somebody Cares, and I are taking about 200 of the older kids outside to play some games and to teach them about God.  I teach them the story of creation and the fall, and of how Jesus was in God’s plans for our salvation.  Joe translates for me, as I do not speak their language yet.  After the lesson, I invite those who do not know Jesus to come to a saving faith in the Lord. I pray for those who do not know him to come to Christ.  After we pray, Joe asks them to raise their hand if they accepted Jesus as their savior.  Praise God, about 100 raise their hands, sharing they have accepted Jesus as their savior.  Alleluia.

It’s time for lunch with Chief Chatimba and Theresa in the chief’s house.  What a treat, as he even provided soda for us.  Now I know why I brought my bottle top remover.  He has the nicest house I have seen in any village we have been in, as he even has some furniture.

After lunch, Trinity, Sidney, Tyler and I decide to play soccer with some of the teens until it is time to go. Just like many of the World Cup games the score ended up 0-0.  Wow, I feel like a pro.  LOL.

Before we leave Chatimba, we have time for one last dance.  Wow, the people of Malawi like to sing, dance, and clap their hands a lot.  The chief grabs my hand and into the circle we go with all the women.  I am having a great time with all of these beautiful people.

On the way back to the office of Somebody Cares, Tyler, Chelsea, and Lynn decide to stop and buy some Mouse on a Stick from one of the roadside vendors, and then they took the plunge and ate some; oh wow bud!

To conclude a great day we are having a rolling blackout.  This seems to be a daily occurrence, and provides us with the lack of electrical resources so that we can have a candlelight dinner.  How cool is that!

Have a blessed day,

Daryl Dho

Make a Comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Liked it here?
Why not try sites on the blogroll...

%d bloggers like this: