Dawbies in Africa


05 Oct 2012


This past Sunday we turned up to church at 9am (on time) to find the congregation all standing around outside chatting to one another. It was a really warm morning so perhaps they were ‘chilling out’?

No, the key for the church could not be found. The pastor and a few other significant members of the church had travelled to Rundu (over 700kms away) for the weekend to attend the opening of a large EBC church there, this one mainly for Angolans, and had taken their keys with them.

Mike and I were determined not to stand in the heat of the sun for too long so we headed up the steps to the shade while we waited. A suggestion was made that the congregation start some singing while we were all waiting. After all, usually the first 30 – 40 minutes of the service is singing anyway.  

Unintentionally we were standing with a significant number of the female members of the choir. They started the singing and most of the male members of the choir came to join them. We were sandwiched amongst them with no chance of ‘escape’ to a less conspicuous spot. It is not as if we blend in very easily at the best of times!

So what do you do when the key is lost? You join the choir as best as you can despite the fact that the songs they are singing are all in Otjiherero so you don’t know the words and you have a very Western sense of rhythm when it comes to dance and movement so you are ‘clunky’ when everyone else around you is smooth.

Fortunately a key was found within about 30 minutes and we could enter the church and join with the rest of the congregation, relieved to be part of the masses once more.

Praise to the LORD. Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise in the assembly of the saints.                  Psalm 149 : 1

Congregation standing outside church

Some of the children from the After School Program