We met with Col. Panji Kaunda at his office in the Ministry of Transport, Works, Supply and Communication. We fed back on progress with our visit so far and the different projects that we had seen supporting orphans and children. He also encouraged us that the availability of land in Chipata was not an issue, it was only a question of where. He would be speaking with the Paramount Chief in Chipata on our behalf. He noticed that since we had last met Chris had developed a sun tan, and he was reading our blog. Thank you Panji for your support for our project.
We met with Davis Thompson and Father Charley from the Cathedral for lunch at the Lusaka Hotel. David had laid on a traditional Zambian meal and we ate Mopani Worms (caterpillars), Impala, Cattle Intestines, Sweet Potato leaves, Zambian Spinach, Kafue Tilapia (Bream), Polony, Chicken Gizzards and Nshima. Very nice and we ate our fill, eating with our hands. We are getting a great deal of help from the Anglicans here both in terms of their hospitality and also as a sounding board for bouncing ideas around. There are different ways of managing the funding of projects here, and they also suggested we should “Leave room for God, it is only when we realise our limitations that God can reveal how unlimited He is”.
We finished the day at a bible study hosted by David Thompson at his house. This was just like a Vineyard Housegroup back home, except with better food – We’re coming back to the UK inspired by what we have seen in Zambia. We met Father Charley’s family and some of David’s friends including an American lady called Jackie who once went to Boulder and Grand Junction Vineyard churches before she had a calling to come to Zambia. She had been working for an NGO which folded and carried on the care of 14 teenage boys under a project called Dream Runners. She has a small group of people who provide a family home for the boys, sponsoring them through school, and they are also running a chicken rearing project for their sustainability.
Fr. Charley asked if we had considered church planting as a way of beginning our project.