We came into the church hall where we had tables set up for the meeting. Also, Wilfred Chitseme, our member from far away that I had earlier described came by. He is staying the week to observe the Last Day of Unleavened Bread here in Lilongwe. He told us that he was feverish, too, and I anointed him with Brennan being present. We hope that the malaria is not spreading!
We are trying to find a way to move Wilfred to Lilongwe so he wouldn’t have so far to travel and be closer to the church. He is so faithful and has been so for decades. He is an inspiration to others of putting God first, no matter what the circumstances and condition are in his life.
The first item of business was talking about what could be done for Wilfred. His sister lives in Lilongwe and a proposal was made to build him a little home on her one-acre plot, if she would be agreeable to that. Also, a thought was proposed for him to provide a battery charging facility for cell phones where he could earn a little money. EVERYONE has a cell phone, but with power outages and being away from outlets, charging stations are doing well. He would use battery packs to provide the power for the phones and make a little money that way.
Our group went on, then, to discuss the Lilongwe church budget. It really needed a makeover as the Lilongwe budget and Blantyre budget are completely separate now. There were some additions that needed to be made, but mostly certain vestigial reoccurring expenses need be eliminated. We went on about that for some time.
Then Filius Jere and his wife Chosiwe joined us.
Brennan and Michala brought up a proposal to start a small church farm. It would provide some food, but very importantly be a project to involve our young people.
Filius then spoke at length about the Conservation Farming (“CF” as he calls it). It is actually quite simple, but labor intensive. He explained the entire process of mulching, composting. Its results are great. It is important to start small. A farmer starting out should see the difference on his own plot with planted maize or ground nuts.
Finally, we talked about a combined Feast of Tabernacles site for the Chipata, Zambia people and the Lilongwe, Malawi brethren. I didn’t know what reaction we would get from the Lilongwe group, but it was very positive and enthusiastically received. I told them about the Sunnyside Lodge outside Chipata that had a little lake and reasonably-priced cottages.
The meeting adjourned just after 3 p.m. We have been together for almost six hours. Filius and Chowise are anxious to get back to Zambia and Cephas Chapamba drove them to the border. Cephas lives close to the border and often has patients to his clinic come across the border from Zambia.
The Hilgen’s then took us to a nursery to look at various plants from the area and have something to eat. It was most enjoyable looking at the plants.
Police are on the road everywhere and we get stopped often. Almost every day with Brennan, any length of ride has a police stop checking for insurance and driver's license. Brennan told me that when they traveled to Blatyre, they were stopped 12 times. It's always the same thing. Insurance, license, how long have you been in the country etc.Then we went back to Brennan and Michala’s home to do a podcast and talk more about his duties as modified by our coming to visit here.
We did the podcast. It ran 25 minutes and I thought it was most interesting to hear Brennan and Michala speak of their experiences.
Finally, the Hilgens drove us back to the Mafumu where we are staying. The temperature outside is markedly cooler as the season is turning to autumn and soon it will be winter here.
I have been without Internet all day… it was not working all day at the office, but I was able to upload some photos tonight. As I’m writing this on Wednesday morning, the Internet is out at the hotel, as well. But, we get used to this. You have what you have and what you don’t you don’t.
Oh, one more funeral parlor name sighted today: Earth Clock Funerals. Could maybe Earth Clock and Heaven Bound consider a merger?