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