Dear Lovers of Jesus,
On April 22, more than four thousand women from all over Zambia are expected to arrive at Namwianga for a women’s conference on faith. These women will stay until April 26. How will everyone manage? The young men are putting up a grass fence enclosing a football sized field between the Center of Excellence and the Administrative offices. Many of the women coming will sleep within the grass enclosure because there isn’t enough housing for everyone. Every woman around here is required to bring two bundles of elephant grass for the fence. Ba Halale told me that I also needed to bring grass for the fence…..two bundles..sheaves…tied with tree bark. Most of the women put the two bundles on their heads and walk and bring it to the mission. I need Margret Namuswa to give me a lesson on grass cutting and balancing the bundles on my head. Being a Zambian woman here is hard work.
Yes, the men are cooking breakfast, lunch, and supper for four thousand women for five days. That is a huge thing in the Zambian culture where the Zambian male is so dominant and the woman is so submissive. I think that it will be a sight to behold. I can’t even imagine how many 50 kg sacks of mealie meal are needed to feed four thousand women three meals a day for five days. Whew!
Thinking about 4000 female guests boggles my mind but then I remember the 85 welcoming ladies last Saturday at Gowell church of Christ and my tension eases. These ladies didn’t mind eating lunch after three in the afternoon. They had been sleeping outside for three nights to be able to listen to God’s word during the day. They laughed talked and sang while sitting on the dirt under a shady tree waiting for the lesson to begin. They were waiting for the words of life which had more pull on them than physical food. Ages of the women ranged from fifteen to sixty five. The image that is stamped deeply in my brain and it won’t leave me was when I turned around after the lesson at least ten old women down on their knees in front of me begging for a Bible. The three pair of reading glasses went quickly and the twenty women receiving Bibles promised out loud in Tonga that they would read the Bible every day to their children and family.
The Zambian women of all ages hunger for the Living Bread and it doesn’t matter if the crowd is massive or relatively small they want the Sustenance that will truly fill them.
Blessings from the little house in the bush. Cindy Robinson