See postings on LifeNets websites about our work in Solwezi:
This was not a journey for an inexperienced driver. One had to know the road…and Derrick Pringle knew every bit of it. I wouldn’t dare drive it at night. There are no lights; the people are black and often wear clothing that does not reflect light well.
The presence of the Chinese is quite noticeable. Copper attracts them. They mine and haul it back to China. There are trucks, one after another hauling ore to smelters. There are trucks carrying smelted copper in sheets like iron ingots which is the best way to describe it. All headed for ports to haul it Europe and beyond. Also, the road is filled with huge tanker trucks hauling fuel. There is no pipeline and all fuel has to be hauled on this God-forsaken road.
You see small bus taxis carrying lots of people between various points on this “lifeline.
Some sell produce, chickens, sugar cane along the route.
On this stretch of road we have four United Church of God congregations where God has people, many of whom are praying “Thy Kingdom Come.” The congregations are yesterday’s Mufulira, today’s Solwezi, tomorrow’s Mufumbwe and Manyinga that we will not get to on this trip.
We arrive in Solwezi about noon. Since the people had a lunch prepared for all, we decided to eat first and then have the service. The young adults cooked the meal of local chicken, nsima, beef stew (brought by Cherry Pringle), beans. It was tasty. People really enjoy themselves as we all eat in the church hall.
Rod Epomba greets us. So, did his brother Alex. Of course, the always cheery deacon Chonga Chonga. Vincent Kapatula along with others.
Then I spoke. They wanted to hear about the home office and what our workers and ministers are like around the world. They are very keen on the workings of the United Church of God.
Then I gave a sermon about prayer.
The church is quite musical. There were several special music numbers. They sang songs. I enjoyed their rendition of “Ancient Words.” There was a total of three pieces of music….one which was sung by teens at the end of the service. The choir is directed by Evonne Epomba.
Most of the afternoon we spent talking and counselling with people. There are lots of kids. Total attendance today was 83 in a building that is already being outgrown one year since grand opening.
We met with the scholarship students as well talked to the ladies who received sewing machines last year and are making their own clothes and also selling clothes to others.
We stayed the night at the Matunda Lodge on a rushing river. The Pringles always stay here and this is our second time. I like to go to places where we had been before. It brings back happy memories of doing things together.
We were the only people staying at the lodge this night and the next.
We had dinner here tonight and will be leaving at 7 am tomorrow for Mufumbwe for our third city on this tour.