Native Bishop Eric Olgwae (?) had the first sermon in the morning on Marriage. It's a blessing to see him and his wife faithful to each other for 31 years. The morning service was followed by our first carry-in meal. Not just a food carry-in, but also jikos, wood and charcoal to burn, water for lemongrass tea, water for washing, and water to make rice and also ugali and cabbage. Tomatoes and onions, and ingredients for other dishes.
|Cooks wearing thier lessos|
On a typical Sunday we may have around 60 people in attendance. So we figured we'd do food for 80. (Seriously, these people EAT !!!!) and hopefully we'd have some visitors. Our attendance this morning was over 100. I'm guessing the free food brought in a bunch of those. A bench can comfortably hold (ok so maybe the comfort part is stretching it a bit) but, oh, maybe 3 adults and 2-3 little children. But on the men's side, the back bench had 7 or 8 men. I had Heidi go ask Jake for one of the empty chairs the ministers use. That gave a little more breathing room for those men till yet another fellow came and squeezed on the bench. Didn't seem to bother them.
One fellow who attends frequently seemed to be just a wee bit drunk. At one point the minister asked a question and tho I don't think he was really wanting a verbal answer, one of the old widows started saying something. "Let her talk" the "drunk" yells and the minister complies after which this fellow starts rambling something about his wife leaving him after he became a drunk. The minister kindly replied that he's not quite finished with the message but afterwards someone would be glad to help him (drunk guy). Jeremy (I think that's the drunk guy's name) was become very agitated and soon jumped up and disappeared. Soon he returned, sat down for a little and then grabbed his things and almost ran out of there. Later in the afternoon he returned and "kept score" for some of the games being played which, beings he didn't understand the game and his scores were way off, was a bit annoying.
But back to the food. Approximately $27 was spent to feed 100-ish people. I told Jake we should challenge the food committee at home to beat that :) The church passed an offering maybe 4 different services to help out with that.
|Serving lunch. Jake was serving the cabbage and I the chicken. Joshua was sticking close to my side.|
And by the way, most of the "food" pictures are thanks to Stacy Byler.
|Heidi and sweet friend|
|I was delighted that 2 of the women jumped in to help the children play games.|