From Thursday the 16th to Friday the 31st of July, EXP went on an outreach trip to the northern province of Zambia. We stayed at an FCE base, basically in the middle of nowhere doing various work in agriculture and then also staying a few nights in the community. We ended the trip with two days of solitude and no as I write this we find ourselves traveling back to Livingstone to finish up our last two weeks here in Zambia.
So we stayed with FCE or Foundation for Cross Cultural Education. (If you remember from Luanshya we visited a base their back in June.) They have a main goal of making a highway from South Africa to Jerusalem with bases every days journey to take in guests. The furthest they go is Kalungu, Zambia and if you want more info you can find them on the web at http://www.fce.org.za They had a Discipleship class and agriculture classes going on during our stay there. So that’s the run down of FCE… I hope that just gives you some background knowledge, I think the most crucial info to understand about them is that they focus mainly in agriculture, community development and education and believe that education on the three will change a community.
Ok, so little fun facts about my stay:
1) Hot showers
2) Bed with mosquito net provided
3) Only had to do kitchen duty once and all I did was wash dishes.
4) Had lots of food there.
So I’m just gonna highlight some of the stuff I did very simply for you:
Community House- This house is like a model home that they occupy in the village to show the people that they also can have a garden and do the same positive things that helps a community. When I helped work at the house, my team par took in re-building a garden fence. My job was to take down the old fence, and then rewire the new fence. It was easy work, yet took half the day. It was really relaxing work however.
Isale Farm- So James and Lindie live at the farm and happened to be my favorite people that I met on this outreach. James runs the farm, which houses mainly livestock. It has chickens, goats, and cattle. Our first day there we just toured around the farm and saw how it worked. They have chickens, which they harvest their manure which they feed to the cows, and also harvest eggs. The cows are their main stock which are breed to be slaughtered. The goats will soon be used for dairy items but now are just for meat. Which I found out that you have to sneak up on a goat to kill it or the adrenaline will make the meat tough. Also during our visit it just happened to be yellow maize time. The farm gives out contracts to the community to grow yellow maize for chicken feed at the farm. So our second day there, we helped check the bags to make sure they were just yellow maize and not white and yellow mixed. We then Sewed the 100lb bags shut and the stacked them in the shed. Which entail tossing the bags up onto a mountain of more bags. That was men’s work and we woke up sore the next morning. The third trip to the farm was a fun day. We hiked out to a secluded river where we climbed on two horizontal ropes like = over the river. If that makes sense. One on top of the other. When our team was on the other side we received a challenge. With John’s back broken and some of us mute and others blind with a few healthy we had to cross the ropes to the other side without getting wet. Left with two hatchets and a rope we were stunned. After 20 minutes of scouring around and what seemed like chaos between us Brook finally exclaimed “Can I just pray for John and heal him?” James just stood there and smiled and then we all went around and healed all the lame people in our group. That challenge was really interesting and showed that maybe you should just pray first in situations. Anyways, a funny side story to mix things up I cut a notch in a stick and ventured to “zip line” across the river. So I started off and as I was half way I was thinking “wow, this is working great” and then SNAP, the stick broke and I fell into the river. It was very comical. After that we had a relaxing time, swinging on ropes over the river and eating a delicious South African lunch. This was a fun day and was nice and relaxing. So the farm always provided a good time whether it was work or play.
Kids Ministry- Monday and Tuesday for an hour we did activities with the local kids. This was fun and went by pretty fast. I helped out with games one day and then the story on another day.
Village Visit- So our group went out in twos into the village to stay three nights at local persons houses. We all had varied experiences during our time, but as for me, personally it was sub par. So me and Tufadzwa (Ronald) went out to Frank Mumba’s house. We got there and found a TV with cable and a car, treated to sodas and a great meal. What luck! We really were blessed in this aspect and he and his wife were great hosts. So we arrived on Friday night. So then Saturday we went to church. 9am-5:30pm all day. It was long yet the day went by fast and was interesting. Then Sunday was chill and we just walked around the village and hung out. So the reason why it was sub par was mainly cause of me feeling sick and feeling as if Frank didn’t like Americans that much. There were many passive attempts about America and how were so great, but more like attempts to point out the flaws in America. But, in all it was an awesome experience and I am very thankful for my EXP mates.
Solitude- Two days of straight silence. No food no water. Tied to a chair in a dark room. Just kidding, so the last two days of the outreach were spent in solitude. FCE has a big base with many trails and places to get away, so apart from lunch and up until dinner we would spend the whole day in solitude. This was very cool, and is a thing that I would like to get better at. My mind was prone to wander but the main focus was to spend time with the lord. I was able to hear from him a bit and just spend time reading the bible. After two and a half months of people a couple days to myself was welcome.
This trip was fun but I am stoked to get back to Livingstone and then eventually back home. Into the final stretch I go with one program left on our slate.
|ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Michael Ennis • 2015 International Immersion Intern