The film is coming along nicely. We have 3 major scenes left to film. Tonight, we had to cancel filming because the coat that our actor needed to wear was being worn in Lusaka. I am surprised, though I shouldn’t be, about how much work goes into making even a simple film such as ours. The church has evolved over the years, so now the issue is getting all of the actors to get their work schedules to coincide with the filming schedule. The first time we put on this play we had 100% attendance in practices and had no problem sending 20 people south and north for performances. Now that would almost be impossible.
Life will be changing fast here in Mazabuka. The number of cars and people seems to be multiplying each day. The sugar company is on the verge of being bought by the largest sugar refining company in Great Britain with plans to double the land under cultivation and even build an ethanol refinery. I look at the young people helping me with this film, talented, intelligent, techno-savvy, and know that a very different future is ahead of them. The one constant that needs to be sustained in a changing environment is faith. At our home bible study that I attended tonight I found the passages on faith resonating in my spirit as I look at my own future.
Today Joan did a luncheon for the older members of the white farming community. It was something she has wanted to do for a while. She pulled it off quite nicely with a major assist from Audra, who received more than her share of compliments, and a minor assist from myself. As they were leaving and we were carefully guiding them over the uneven concrete drive, the comment about how difficult growing old was, brought smiles to all of our faces. I responded with “that’s what I hear” and the smiles turned to chuckles. Ministry anyone? The laborers are few is still a major and current New Testament theme.