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“Where could we get enough bread in this remote place to feed such a crowd?” November 21, 2008

Posted by G in Namibia.
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The first few days were really rough… especially for Nate. The poor guy could just barely get out of bed. Jesse wasn’t as bad… although there were a couple days that were quite rough. A big part of my responsibilities were to cook for the team (which you know I LOVE to do). My stove was a propane bottle with a burner on top and the utensils were limited, but I figured out pretty quickly how to cook for 10-16+ people with one pot. I really enjoyed the challenge.

buddy & juliaSunday we went to Buddy & Julia’s church at the Apex Centre. It was great to finally meet a couple that I had only heard about. In the evening they came back to the plot for dinner. As we sat around the fire they told us about their weddings (yes, I said weddings) and talked about what it was like to be married to someone that has a completely different cultural background. We ended the night with a hardcore game of Apples to Apples Namibian style.  

Jesse talked a bit around the fire about what the next day looked like. In the morning half the team was going to paint the big hall across from the kitchen area and half would go to the soup kitchen. The afternoon would be divided with the soup kitchen, after school bible study at the high school and a visit to the Ark (a children’s home in town). Monday morning Jesse & I had a conversation about how we should divvy up the team for the different projects. I assured Jesse that I am up for whatever he needs. Jesse asked me to take the team to the soup kitchen and I was excited to have the opportunity to go there since I had never been before.

At the soup kitchen they provide two meals a day for approximately 400 children. The morning meal is a sandwich consisting of bread, butter & jam or butter & peanut butter. The afternoon meal is a hot meal and varied everyday and consisted of meat and a starch (potatoes, meali-pap, noodles or rice).

From what I learned from Joan Morsbach, this was the first project that she had seen that was actually WORKING. It started out with about 60 kids and quickly grew. When the children first come into the program they are examined by a doctor. If after 10 days they are not thriving, the doctor will test further to discover why. The people that give their hearts to the soup kitchen are an amazing bunch and I can not wait to tell you more about them.

To be continued…

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