Thursday, June 10, 2010
History and Art
This morning we met a couple at our guesthouse who are in Kinshasa to pick up their newly adopted Congolese children…two one-year olds, a boy and a girl. It was a nice morning talking with them about their experience and sharing some baby toys with them.
We took a walk over to the American School of Kinshasa and walked the grounds. It is the only site in the city (43 acres) that is a true rainforest environment. There are 270 children on the beautiful campus and we enjoyed visiting the African history classroom. We saw a few parrots and many gorgeous tropical plants.
Mid day we sat encircled in a large room. The pastors form the local churches that we have relationship arrived to discuss with our team the plans for the week. It was an eye opening experience. In America we enter into a meeting on time, silent our cell phones, follow a printed agenda, discuss the items on the agenda and leave at the designated time. Nothing could be far more different in Africa. Meeting with pastors and visiting Marcel Mukendi’s widow and 12 children traditional dinner at the home of Pastor David. Michael Jackson, sharing lifesavers, questions about American Equal Pay for Equal work 20 month soldier, 25 month teacher $4 chicken Adopted baby might have Down’s Syndrome