|A little girl and her brother talking to Elder Mbelek, one of the APs|
|Luggage ready to be checked in|
|More luggage --not ours|
|Elder Peterson walking toward our plane|
|Carry on bags search area|
We were served breakfast--a ham omelette, a roll with butter and jam, yogurt, and a croissant and cheese, along with orange juice. It tasted very good. The flight was 1 1/4 hours long.
|Dallas who handles our passports and luggage|
|Elder Peterson and Godefroid|
|Companions meet for the first time|
|Two shoeshine boys, also selling packages of tissues, with President Thomas|
|People leaving the airport|
|Elder going to Luputa and the two assistants|
|Elder Peterson in the land cruiser|
|Gottefroid, Sister and President Thomas in front|
|Roadside bread stand|
There are children trying to sell whatever they can--bananas, ears of corn, bread, rolls, small packages of tissues, melons, squash, mangoes, dried beans etc. It makes me so grateful to know that our grandchildren are so blessed to be in school instead of having to be selling on the street so they can eat.
Trucks are loaded high heaping loads with people perched precariously on the top and the back.
We saw many homes made of bricks. Out here we also saw bamboo poles lashed together to make the framework of a building. The mud is plastered on the outside to make a wall.
People use bicycles to transport heavy loads. They will pile the bicycle with bags full of manioc or cassava (Yucca) leaves, which is what is used to prepare sambé. The root is what is used to make fufu. They then push the bicycle to the market. Metal carts with car tires are used as a rectangle shaped wheelbarrow.
It looks like a handcart with the handle and shaft. We see clean laundry set out to dry on the thatched roof, bushes, and even lying on the red clay.
Gas is sold in 2 1/2 gallon containers. Huge plastic containers of sweet potato greens or manioc are carried on the women's head. This is used to make sambé, a food staple. Roofs are made of tin or thatch. Here the roofs have a pitch to them. On the way to Lisaka we saw tin flat on the top of the walls. The tin was held down by bricks. One of Elungu's granddaughters was killed by a brick falling off the roof during a windstorm.
There are bamboo trees. Woven mats are sometimes tied to poles to make walls for a house. Fabric may be used in the doorway. Otherwise, it is open. There were a few wooden doors.
The women are cooking outside over a fire using charbonné (their homemade charcoal). As we got further outside the city children were carrying bundles of sticks. Later on we saw cooking fires made from similar sticks instead of the charbonné.
About halfway to Mwene Ditu we heard the air escape from the right front tire. We all piled out of the land cruiser to see the tire not fixable. Godefroid had just purchased that tire and another one for the spare this morning. Instead of Bridgestone the brand was Brightstone, obviously a pseudo good brand. The church facilities management from Kinshasa had sent them. President Thomas was very upset about the quality of the tire. It was more plastic than rubber. The tire life was 90 kilometers.
|Land cruiser piled with our luggage.|
|Trying to get lug nuts off and jack it up.|
|Brightstone from China NOT Bridgestone from the US|
|Bad tire put on the back. Now we have no spare tire.|
The spare tire was put on and we were again on our way. The worry was that the other "new" tire would not last either.
We arrived in Mwene Ditu and went to the Carrfour Hotel where we will stay tonight and tomorrow night. We met Beyatrice who manages the hotel.
|Carrefour Hotel, our room on the left|
|Carrefour Hotel Dining Room|
|Our living room|
|Eating area in our room|
|Note the green water bucket for flushing the toilet and the blue water bucket for bathing.|
The blue mug sitting on the sink is for dipping the water
We took our luggage inside our room and then walked about a block to the church where the missionaries were waiting for us. We were late.
The Mwene Ditu Zone Conference went very well. The two zone leaders and the Sister Leader Trainer taught first. Sister Thomas talked about honesty and the problem we have in the mission. She encouraged the missionaries to confess any indiscretions to the President.
The assistants talked about rules of the mission, how missionaries should act, and loyalty to the President. The culture here is loyalty to their tribe (and each other when they go back home to Kinshasa) not the President or the church. The assistants also talked about how to resolve problems in the mission. The order is to take it to the district leader, then the zone leaders, then the assistants, and only then if it is not resolved, to the Mission President. They were instructed to not bypass district leaders and zone leaders.
The President then talked about Priesthood and faith.
Zone pictures were taken. As with the little children the missionaries want to immediately see the result.
|Sister and Elder Mbeye, senior missionaries from Kinshasa|
|For Zone Conference, companions dress alike|
After the conference our three remaining missionaries (we left the three who are assigned to Mbuji-Mayi) went home with the local missionaries for the night. We went back to the hotel about 8:30 p.m. where Beyatrice had prepared dinner for us. Fried chicken, rice, potatoes and carrots, sombé, fufu, and fresh pineapple. We left the fufu for Godefroid who came to eat after he dropped the missionaries off at their apartment.
The generator that supplied lights stayed on an extra hour because President Thomas paid more money. We went to bed about 9:30. The bed was comfortable and we slept relatively well. The temperature was very nice for sleeping. We were told that sometimes here it can be too hot to sleep. So we were fortunate on our trip to have cooler temperatures.