Well, I arrived in Ndola, Zambia last Sunday afternoon and then back to Mpongwe as the sun was setting. So far it’s felt a bit of a roller-coaster as I start to realise this is actually real and this is now my home for a while. Although I’d been here a couple of times before, it’s so completely different now that it seems like a different place.
Until today, I didn’t have any means of communicating or travelling beyond the village and that felt quite isolating. And yet people here have been so kind and generous, welcoming me into their homes and showing me great hospitality. The choirs are practising for the Easter weekend conference, which means that late afternoon is filled with amazing acapella singing.
It’s a bit of a shock to the system, and so I kind of make myself do little tasks to try and embrace this new life – go and buy something from the market, visit one of the pastors here, speak a word or two in Lamba to passers by (which is all I currently know). At the moment, it’s just one day at a time – try to build relationships and settle in.
PS. A couple here have kindly allowed me to share their post office box for the time being, so I can receive snail mail at: Tim Miller, c/o Holmgren, PO Box 152, Mpongwe, Zambia.