"This life therefore, is not godliness but the process of becoming godly, not health but getting well, not being but becoming, not rest but exercise. We are not now what we shall be, but we are on the way. The process is not yet finished, but it is actively going on. This is not the goal, but it is the right road. At present, everything does not gleam and sparkle, but everything is being cleansed." --Martin Luther

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

proper goodbyes

We did a few of our “proper” goodbyes today and yesterday. Last night we went up to see the Headwoman and her deputy. The kids had drawn her some pictures and we also gave her a photo of the family from the Fall Festival. We gave her a BK Dairy jacket and a container of strawberries. Oh did she love those!! We told her soon David could get her a few plants that she could put up by her house and let them spread. For Alex (her deputy) we gave a BK Dairy hat and a flannel jacket. We had a nice talk and she shared how she enjoyed that we had fellowshipped with them (ate their food, learned some of their language, fit in with the village well, helped the nationals get things in Lusaka), but she understood that there were times for everything and this is part of life, that we are part of the family but now must leave.
Then this morning we went to see Chief Bunda Bunda. He was very glad that we came. He explained it is tradition that when you come into a chiefdom, you come to greet and then when it is time to leave you say the proper goodbye. He wanted to know why we wanted to leave. We told him we didn’t! But it was what we had to do. He wanted to know when we would be coming back-we are most welcome in his Chiefdom and he will miss us. The kids also drew him pictures, we gave him a large snap from the Fall Festival of our family, and he also got a BK Dairy coat. I had some various spices that we brought for the ladies who cook for him, some sugar and some sweets-chocolate chips. He was very glad we came. We got a family picture with him in his ceremonial chair. It’s on my camera phone though, so I will need to do some photo-shopping to get us all on the same page. He wants a copy of that picture too. Before we left Brian also got to pray over the Chief, he thought that was pretty cool.

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