The long African road requires an early start, long before dawn. Fortunately for me, I am accustomed to awakening the dawn. When I was a child, my father always rose very early, as he had to be at work at first light. Often he would find me at the window, looking out into the dark. “What are you doing? It’s still dark!” I would respond, “I’m waiting for the morning.”
That’s because I am a Real Rhodesian. We are energetic, full of anticipation and expectation. We were born ready and awake.
One of the first poems I learned at school ‘The Piccanin Boss’ has stayed with me forever. It was colloquial, speaking of the typical white farm children of Rhodesia. Piccanin means small. I believe it comes from the Portuguese word ‘pequeno’ meaning ‘little’. Many Portuguese words filtered across the border into Rhodesia.
The Piccanin Boss – is up and away,
At the very first streaks of dawning day.
Milking the cows and herding the sheep,
While piccanin bosses in town are asleep.
I am still like that, I love to awaken the dawn. No wonder I love Pslam 57:8-11
Awake, my soul!
Awake, harp and lyre!
I will awaken the dawn.
I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations;
I will sing of you among the peoples.
For great is your love, reaching to the heavens;
your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
let your glory be over all the earth.
FAST FOOD – ALONG THE WAY – Peanuts and mealies in the husk (corn on the cob); oranges and lemons, pineapples and bananas. Laughter and interaction with people of different tribal languages as we drive from Sofala Province through Zambezia and then into Nampula Province. These languages are Sena, Chuabo, Lomwe and Macua, with Portuguese as the official and binding language of Mozambique. Simona, our Romanian daughter who has been with us for eleven years at Inhaminga, will soon be married in Romania to Jeosafá from Brazil. We will celebrate there with them, honoured to be bringing the wedding message.
Personally, we don’t have any, though people do ask about our plans for the future. Our future is in heaven, ‘till then we continue to live in the present and constant retirement.
It took us 15 hours to get to Nacala. By the way, on our way back several weeks later, we messed up another one to match this one exactly, thanks to the size of the pot holes in the tar road.
TIME TO CHILL. Watching ‘Planes’ with Gabriel, Ashira and Mikayla. Dreaming of flying again.
At Napala where ‘she sells sea shells on the sea shore.’
Puplic transport comes in various forms, this time via a boat loaded with people and produce of all kinds.
One of the passengers (a goat) disembarking to make room for one more.
GOING TO THE ‘OTHER SIDE’
Mar 4:35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.”
Loving the ride. Racine can be seen on the other side of the bay from our cottage verandah. A beautiful place with a beautiful group of Christians already singing while they wait for us to get there.
THROW OUT THE ANCHOR! When Jesus told His disciples ‘Let us go the other side’, He had a plan to get there. Together they were going somewhere. That’s why Jesus was not worried about the storm. He knew He had a destination, a mission, a job to do, and He would not perish, nor would anyone else in the boat with Him.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN, IT’S SO GOOD TO BE ON THE ROAD AGAIN. ROCKIN’ AND ROLLING……….Sunshine holding on, loving the ride.
We have many homes, but Inhaminga is truly home.
We spent some very full but too brief days at Inhaminga before hitting the road again. This time heading for the GORONGOSA MIRACLE…………….coming up soon!
THANKS FOR TRAVELLING WITH US!