Monday, September 15, 2008

Random Post on Zambian cuisine

 Many have asked us, "what is the food like over there in Zambia?". Well, the short answer is (and this is David typing) "It is WONDERFUL!!"

  Most Zambians do not feel like they have properly eaten if the meal has not involved some ingestion of nshima (en-she-ma). That is the white, grit-like stuff you see in the upper right. This is made from boiling maize meal (maize is like white, unsweet corn for those who are unfamiliar), and stirring with the strength of a "world's strongest man contestant" until the meal reaches a thick consistency. 

 Once the desired consistency is achieved the happy eaters take some of the nshima in their hands and proceed to make a little "nshima ball". (You can always identify rookie nshima eaters by the 2nd degree burns on their fingers....the stuff is hot!). Once the ball is made the eater then dips it into one of the other dishes (often referred to as the relish). Once ball and relish have been combined all the eater has to do is .... well, eat.... and enjoy! 

 To Katie's dismay the picture is quite accurate. There are, usually, no beverages (even sorry Kate) served with the food. Only once the meal is over is drinking water offered. I mean come on, you don't want to fill up on water when there is only limited space in your tummy for the yummy nshima!!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Prayer Partnership

Please pray for our family as we prepare for the next two years of serving as IMB missionaries in Mporokoso, Zambia.  We leave for our Field Personnel Orientation (FPO) on October 17, and we will return home around the 18th of December.  We will be able to spend Christmas with family and are currently scheduled to leave the country January 7th.  We would be so thankful for your prayers, if the Lord brings us to your minds, specifically during the next few months...and then the two years after that! Please pray for our families as well, as they prepare to let us go.  

"Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also;
The body they may kill, God's Truth abideth still.
His Kingdom is forever."

The Gospel is true.  The Resurrection is real.  The task of making disciples of all nations is His; Christ rules the nations with all the authority that belongs to Him alone.  "and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age"  (Matthew 28:18-20).  Because of these things, we go with great joy.  We realize that our Triune God is worthy to be worshipped by all peoples, not just one group of people.  May many souls from Mporokoso, Zambia be gathered around the Throne one day, worshipping and adoring the Risen Lamb, our Savior and King! By His Grace alone!

"Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying: 
 'You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals; For You were slain, and  have  redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and  people and nation...' "   ---Revelation 5:8-9

May our lives be spent for His Kingdom and glory.  

And may God bless you, whether He is calling you to go yourself to the uttermost parts of the earth, or to be a fellow laborer for the Truth through your prayers and giving.  What a joy to be a part of the Body of Christ, joining together for one purpose!