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Road Trip!

March 20, 2013

Yesterday Father Tembo and I took the day off from the office to travel to visit Her Royal Highness Chieftainess Mwape, the second-most-remotely-located Nsenga chief. Two things need to be kept in mind: (1) the palace is about 80km into the bush, and (2) it is the tail end of the rainy season.

Once we arrived, the trip was a success. We visited with the Chieftainess, paid our respects, and asked for and received her assistance as a reviewer for our manuscripts (she is one of the best-educated Nsenga chiefs). We delivered and picked up review manuscripts from some rural reviewers. She also pledged to be an encourager of the chiefs and churches in her area regarding our translation project, to elicit local support for the work. As she said, “This is not a project for the Reformed, or the Catholics, or any one church. This is a project for all of the Nsengas – to bring the Bible into our language so people can read and understand it. We want to be a part of this.”

However, BEFORE we arrived, the status of our trip was much more in doubt. This is one of those times when a picture is worth a thousand words:

The road started nicely enough

The road started nicely enough

A typical result of the rains

A typical result of the rains

Our first major obstacle

Our first major obstacle

The Cheiftainess lives in a game management area

The Cheiftainess lives in a game management area

We had to sign in and out, and they asked if we had a gun for poaching.

We had to sign in and out, and they asked if we had a gun for poaching.

We had to cross this river

We had to cross this river

This area was really muddy. We almost got stuck.

This area was really muddy. We almost got stuck.

Then we came to this spot...

Then we came to this spot…

Fortunately a small boy was fishing and showed us how deep the water was.

Fortunately a small boy was fishing and showed us how deep the water was.

Otherwise, the scenery was beautiful!

Otherwise, the scenery was beautiful!

Wide open spaces

Wide open spaces

A typical village scene

A typical village scene

The Chieftainess' house

The Chieftainess’ house

The Royal Palace

The Royal Palace

HRH Chieftainess Mwape, with Fr Tembo

HRH Chieftainess Mwape, with Fr Tembo

We were served a hearty lunch before the return trip.

We were served a hearty lunch before the return trip.

Praise God for safe travels and good relationships, and for those of you with tarmac – count your blessings!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 20, 2013 5:01 am

    In all things, (whether bad roads, rivers, potholes, jungles etc) God works for the good( a boy had to go fishing so that you would know how deep the river was) of those who love him.

  2. Bonnie Fugate permalink
    March 20, 2013 6:38 pm

    Chris, Your mom said to tell you she mailed out your package on Tuesday. She has a Time Warner person coming in to look at her phone/internet on Thursday. Her phone isn’t working either, apparently. I think that is all she wanted me to tell you! Cool pictures you sent from your trip to seen the chief lady!

    God’s blessings! Bonnie

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