This is a quote from "Hillel the Elder" from the first century. (I thought I was so original!)

Thursday, March 13, 2014

A New Flat for Elders

It was time to move the Elders in an area out of an expensive furnished flat and into a flat for half the rent and unfurnished.  Below is what we would call a duplex with two gates.  We rented the one on the right.  The standard lease here is three months with three months notice to move.  That amount of lead time makes moving decisions a rather paced event.

The road is paved and inside the gate it is paved which really helps keep the mud out of the house.

Standard skeleton key type door and a grill with two padlocks.

We headed first to Kamwala market to get beds and mattresses.

Besides mattresses and beds they needed EVERYTHING.  Pots and pans, dishes, clothes racks and tubs to wash clothes in.  Table to eat at and study tables for each companionship.  Bookshelf, fans, a rug and chairs came first.  Next was some overstuffed chairs to just relax in.  Of course they also needed a fridge and stove.  Cleaning equipment and supplies.  Missionaries supply their own sheets.

Next was the curtain shop.  It was easiest to buy ready made off the display walls.  It is also the cheapest.  They will make anything you want out of any material and it will be ready the next day.

This was one of several men fulfilling orders.

This pair was coming down to end up in a companionship's bedroom.

Checking out was downstairs.  All the men on the left worked at the fabric shop.  The customers are on the right.

The little guy that is a little higher and in the corner takes the money and oversees the operation that is a real beehive of activity.

Just a sign on the wall as we headed back with another load of items for the flat.

We now know the prices and what is fair.

I passed three sister missionaries as I was headed through town.  They are always a delight to run into as they are always happy and up.  These are Sisters Gehring, Hirwa, and Vea.

The Elders are patient as we get them situated so they can sleep, and then over a week's time the flat is outfitted and ready to go.  There just isn't enough time in the day to get everything done at once.