We hiked up to Lion’s Head mountain! It was right next to one of the wonders of the world, Table Mountain. (More on that later.) blah, blah, words, narrative… Look at these pictures!
The next day we were so happy to get to a meeting of Jehovah’s Witnesses at the local Kingdom Hall! We weren’t able to go in Thailand since there wasn’t a Kingdom Hall on our island. And it was their winter, which meant very high ocean waves! (And the longtail boats won’t venture out to some places, especially after dark.)
When you are one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, going to another congregation is really something to look forward to. Excluding cultural nuances or language, a congregation in the middle of Ohio, USA will be very, very similar to a congregation in the middle of Vietnam… Same beliefs and same structure: song, prayers, and educational talks. So it’s familiar, but at the same time, fun to experience some of the differences. And too, Witnesses as a culture are very social religion. So you’ll invariably make a few friends you’ll have for many years to come. This was no different!
We went to the Sunday meeting of Cape Town Central English (they share it with a Shona congregation, the language of Zimbabwe! Foreshadowing?? 🙂 haha.) So on Sundays, you have a bible educational talk, and then following a song, a review and discussion of a Watchtower magazine article scheduled for that week.
It was a great mix of people: English, Dutch Afrikaans, and the native South Africans. While there were some white people, with our features and different dress, we did look a little non-local. As we walked in, almost immediately, one of the men accidentally dropped something (glasses, I think) and John went to pick it up and hand it back to him.
In slow, exaggerated words the man asks, “HOW. DO YOU. SAY. THANK. YOU. IN YOUR. LANGUAGE?”
John deadpans, “Thank you.”
Later, John jokes he wishes he made up some word like “Farskoomah!” Or “Whambalibali!” Oh John…
Afterwards we shared in the field ministry with kind couple, Jared and Cindy, members of that congregation. Globally, for the month of August in our public ministry, Jehovah’s Witnesses worldwide are offering a small brochure inviting the public to take a look at http://www.jw.org (a really fantastic website, if you haven’t checked it out. It provides help for families, children, adults, and everyone in between for all sorts of problems and issues everyone of us faces using bible principles. Clear, to the point, and timelines… Just like the scriptures.)
After the ministry, we went for a drive down Chapman’s Peak! This was a very scenic drive! Sadly, I started to wear out and fall asleep. So the photography was all John!
Afterwards we were invited out to dinner by a couple we met at the hall, Vanessa and David, back at the seaport. It was great! John had pasta and a South Africa Windehœk beer, I had an avocado and shrimp salad with a white wine. And they were so lovely… they bought our dinner! But we would see them later in the week for a wonderful impromptu dinner with some of their friends. But more on that to come!
What a great experience to spend time with everyone and prepare us for what awaits in Zimbabwe in just a few days! But we still had a bit more time in the Cape Town area. Guess what we did next?
Here’s a hint!