Behold, I will hasten my work in its time. I give unto you... a commandment that you...prepare yourselves, and sanctify yourselves; yea, purify your hearts ...before me, that I may make you clean...Teach ye diligently and my grace shall attend you, that you may be instructed more perfectly...That ye may be prepared in all things when I shall send you again to magnify the calling whereunto I have called you, and the mission with which I have commissioned you. DC88:73-80
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
The Streets of Lubumbashi
There is no place on earth like the Congo. Each city has millions of people. So to help you picture this, I have tried to take photos and a video or two of the Lubumbashi roads, most of which are unpaved. Keep in mind, there is 90 % unemployment and maybe 3% own cars. The old VW bus-like vehicles are called transports and they are like the bus system. They are vehicles made for 8 at the most but the Congolese pack in 20 at least. The drivers are crazy. There are no lines on the roads, so if traffic is heavy in one direction the two way roads all of the sudden have four very tight lanes with three going one way. Drivers don't stay in the imaginary lanes anyway. They knock each others rear veiw mirrors off to go faster. The moneychanger inside of each one jumps in and out whenever someone needs to be let out. There are no set stops. You take your life into your own hands. The Police officers are to be feared and only seem to cause alot of trouble. They love to stop white people but thank goodness they respect the "missionaries". The majority of people walk everywhere. Bicycles are usually used to transport goods, a business vehicle much more than it is for transportation.
People are dressed in all types of attire from modern to traditional African clothing.
Each individual you see here is a beloved child of our Heavenly Father. They are searching for the truth, just like each of us are. They want to know who they are, why they are here and where they are going. Never take for granted the love you have been given. Share it generously.