Kolwezi Trip May
This weekend we ventured out to Kolwezi again. We were asked to take the new couple, the Davis’, with us so they could see the sights. Brother Davis also set-up appointments with the District Presidents of Likasi and Kolwezi to talk to them about humanitarian projects.
We packed the back of the truck with goods for the missionaries in those areas, picked-up the Davis’ and left Lubumbashi about 830 am. When we arrived in Likasi we went to the District Center, and while the Davis were having their meeting, we went to see Sister Atkinson, as well and deliver stuff.
We left Likasi about 1230 and headed to Kakonda—a small town off the road to Kolwezi where we now have 4 elders working. We dropped off books and stuff, took a look at the small annex apartment behind the church that is now housing the missionaries. While there I fixed a clogged sink drain.
We left for Kolwezi about 2pm and arrived without incident about 430 pm. Terri had arranged for the missionaries to meet us at the District Center, where she began passing off English exams. While Terri began the work we went to the local ‘Hacienda’ hotel (think one of the Flinstone homes in Bedrock) to check-in. Then we returned to aid in passing-off the English tests with the elders.
We dropped off a slew of books and other stuff at the missionary apartments. That evening we had a great dinner at the hotel restaurant.
The next morning while the Davis’ were in their meeting with the District President, Terri and I were teaching the missionaries English. After class Terri spent time with all the Elders’ ailments and gave out soap and medicine.
After everything was done, we left Kolwezi about noon to head back to Lubumbashi. We stopped again at Likasi so that the Davis’ could meet the Atkinsons. We ate a late lunch together at their apartment, then took a side-trip to see one of the new church buildings being built in Likasi. It was quite a sight! It had been built on sloping ground, and so there was a lot of terracing that had to be done—it was unbelievable! And keep in mind that all of the dirt that had to be moved to create the terraces was all done by hand!
After that we headed back to Lubumbashi. We got back rather late, and in the dark—making the last part of the trip rather difficult (traveling at night in the Congo is always hard). But we arrived back safe and sound.
Men working on the roof of Kolwezi District Center. Notice the ladder they used to get on the roof!
Here are some pics of our trip: