And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge - that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God!
Eph 3:18

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.

Phil 2:5-8

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Kumbali Village

To experience historical culture in Hawaii you go to a Luau.
In Malawi, you go to Kumbali Village...

So for the last night of our New Staff Orientation, like a good bunch of little new-comers, we loaded up the entire staff and off to Kumbali village we traipsed.

As we drove the sun was setting. We watched the show in awe. The camera cannot even begin to capture the beauty of the African sunset!!!

At Kumbali we were treated to a rustic village atmosphere. With the meat roasting over an open flame...

As we waited, socialized and ate traditional Malawian food,
there was a bongo band playing for our listening pleaasure.
(60s and 70s american pop... Interesting contrast!)

We enjoyed fire-roasted chicken and beef, Nsima, (a corn meal mush they eat at every meal - they eat with their hands and use the Nsima to scoop the food into their mouth) boiled pumpkin leaves (quite yummy!!!), boiled rake, and something very similar to spanish rice.

At one point the band began playing "The Lion Sleeps Tonight". As we all sang along, I literally had tears running down my face I was laughing so hard.
"I'm sitting in Africa singing "The Lion Sleeps Tonight"
I announced to everyone in general and no one in particular.

"♪♫ï¨*ï♪♫ oo-weeeee-ee-ee-ee-ee-ee-ee-ee-om-bom-ba-way... ♪♫ï¨*ï♪♫"


Then the cultural entertainment began. The gentleman would explain the cultural significance of each dance, as well as the typical function where they would use that particular dance. Then they would dance.
Finally, they invited  everyone to watch the last dance for 2 minutes and them join them to learn the dance. SO fun!


After a fun filled evening, we laughed our heads off on the whole drive home. What a fun night!!
Y'all should come and check it out!!!


  1. Hi Chris, I enjoyed your blog entry very much. Isn't it a wonderful feeling to be in the center of God's will? It just defies description. Love, Harriet

  2. Amen Harriet! It's kind of unfathomably amazing! (Thanks so much for posting a comment. It makes me happy!)

  3. Hi Chris, Thank you setting up this blog, it is a great way for us non face bookers to keep up with you. It looks like you are having an amazing adventure that is well deserved! I love you and miss you!