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mp3 players in the bush

September 6, 2011 1 comment

Pastors with MP3 players

As some of you know, my father was critical in my involvement with computers.  Although he is cheap (another characteristic I now share), he was willing to buy me computers when I was young.  He is still cheap and still buying electronics.  After I introduced him to ebay a couple of years ago, he has acquired a number of simple MP3 players and has filled them with content (music and sermons) for others.  He sent a few of them over to me and I was able to download the Bible in Chichewa and load them on the MP3 players.  The photo above is some of the pastors who live in a remote rural area in eastern Zambia who received these players.  Fortunately, they use the same chargers as cell phones and there are plenty of businesses who will charge your cell phones from a solar panel.  They are especially useful because literacy is low and many of the pastors cover a large area so this will help them on their long bicycle rides.

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Sights as you drive in Zambia

September 2, 2011 Leave a comment

We haven’t travelled nearly as much as we would like, but we have gotten to see several parts of Zambia.  On our most recent trip, we took turns taking photos out the window as we drove and were able to capture some of the common sites as your drive outside of the cities.

Broken down vehicles are common and it isn’t that rare to find a burned out shell a vehicle still on the road.  I think many of photos are self-explanatory but if you have any questions, please ask.

 

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Dry Season Gardening

August 31, 2011 Leave a comment

We are well into the dry season as it hasn’t rained since late March or early April but that doesn’t stop Zambians from growing vegetables.  On campus the students have access to water and their gardens look amazing.  They care for them very well.  So well, in fact, that when I made an attempt at a garden they offered to take over our garden as it was doing so poorly.  Just down the road from our house there is a low laying area where there are many gardens.  However, there is a sewage “stabilization” pond that is providing the water for these plants.  Needless to say, we don’t buy vegetables from this area.  It may be okay (we haven’t heard of any cholera in this part of Lusaka), but better safe than sorry.

Just a bit farther down the road there is a natural pond and there are many who have created gardens where fresh water is plentiful.  Most people grow tomatoes, onions, cabbage and various greens and, of course, maize.

Photograph: A view over the tomato plants planted by the pond.  There is a small island in the pond where weavers have made nests.  This is about 1/2 mile from our house and is a nice walk.

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