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Ilunga a été choisi par un collège de linguistes comme étant le mot le plus difficile à traduire dans le monde car n’ayant aucun équivalent. Ilunga est un nom luba qui signifie ‘personne qui pardonne la première offense, tolère la seconde mais jamais la troisième.’ C’est un bon exemple de ce qu’apporte la sagesse luba.

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Pour découvrir la signification d’autres noms luba, cliquez ici.

Kananga Street Markets

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Part of my duties in Kananga was to go out to find water, bananas, and drinks, etc., for the Zone Conference and the group meal afterward. We had a hard time finding fruit of any kind (other than pineapples–which Kananga is famous for, but are hard to eat without making a mess), so we went through several markets. Here are some pics of the local markets we went through searching for stuff.

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Found some bananas–but they were plantains (which have to be cooked), not the eating kind.

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This was the third market we found, which was out of the city center and just along a road

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Kananga / Mbuji Mayi Street scenes

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Sister Missionaries getting a taxi ride to their apartment

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Finally found bananas for the elders! bought them all–in fact, eventually bought about 200 (and they were all eaten!)

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This is a great example of using a water tank to collect water from the roof, and using the height of the tank to gravity-feed the water into the building for use.

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The two Assistants to the President riding in the back to the Airport…

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Trip to Luputa and…way out there I

Travelling pictures in Kasayi…

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The Trip to Luputa/Lusuku
Our most recent trip to the far reaches of the mission was an interesting one. We took with us two men from Church headquarters in charge of building new chapels here in Africa. We have been attempting to change some of the ways and means that the church builds buildings here for some time, and having men come to see for themselves was both helpful and enlightening.

Mbuji Mayi

We first traveled to Mbuji Mayi by plane. Every trip to a Congo airport is a new experience. It is hard to describe the chaos that one experiences upon arrival at any of their airports…it sometimes reminds me of the pictures of emergency evacuations of countries, like when the US pulled out of Viet Nam, where hundreds of people are pressing forward in an attempt to get on the last flights out of the country—only they do it here every day…

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Mbuji Mayi Pics

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As we drove around Mbuji Mayi I just clicked a bunch of pictures. Some are great, some are not, but it will give you a feel of what the city looks like driving around the town. Like most cities in the Congo the biggest problem is lack of water. People stand in long lines to get water each day at the few access points.
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You will notice they have Votacom signs everywhere! It is their major phone company. It is also how you can send money: from one phone to another.

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2nd Trip to Luputa V: trip from Mwene Ditu to Luputa

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Some sights leaving Mwene Ditu:

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For some reason, I found the street coffins interesting (and they were near our hotel), so I went to talk to them. The wood coffin goes for $45,000 franks (about $45), while the purple one is $35,000. For an extra $15,000 franks they will also bury you.

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Some sights of our drive to Luputa:

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We had no problems on this leg of the trip, other than our bodies banging around in the car from all the deep ruts in the road.

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2nd Trip to Luputa III: Mwene Ditu

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The elders waiting to be interviewed by Pres. McMullin. While he was busy interviewing elders, Terri was checking on their health, and I was inspecting the Ward building.

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The Mwene Ditu building– the chapel seats about 75, for a congregation of about 150-200! Every child must sit on a lap, and they use a large covered porch, as well as outside seating for Sunday meetings.

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After the Pres. was finished, we walked to a small restaurant nearby for dinner with the Zone Leaders, and the Assistants to the Pres. who traveled with us.

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The Pres. and Sister McMullin walking hand in hand as we traveled to the restaurant, just ahead and to the right.

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The view from the ‘penthouse’ suite of the restaurant. They had just opened this section of dining, and we all were getting a little overwhelmed by the fumes from the stain on the wood. You got…

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2nd Trip to Luputa II: the trip to Mwene Ditu

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This is typical of the road to Mwene Ditu. The paved road ended not far outside Mbuji Mayi. This road was relatively good, until you got closer to Mwene Ditu.

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I will be showing picks of many trucks that travel this road– just unbelievably over-loaded, and THEN have people on top to boot!

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Many, MANY trucks were broken down along the road. Some were being repaired on the spot, some had just been left. Several times we were lucky to be in a position to pass them, as they blocked the entire road. The larger trucks were out of luck– they just waited.

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The rare patch of asphalt out of Mbuji Mayi was almost worse than the dirt road, as the pot-holes were quite large. Some of the holes we encountered could swallow a…

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