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Young Adult Rally
August 21, 2017, 5:49 am
Filed under: church, Farm, food, Music, Ondini circuit, South Africa

I’ll have to say that South Africans can really party.  Now we were not asked to go to any real blasts, but we were invited as guests to a number of church rallies, and those are some real parties.

On Saturday, August 5th, we were honored guests at the Young Adult Rally held in Ladysmith.  We had seats along the side in front, and special status at meal time.

One thing I should mention is that although printed materials may be in British English, almost every spoken work is in Zulu. This makes understanding what is going on difficult, but the music always translates as great.  For our first timers, this was their first experience with sitting through an event in a language they do not understand, and though our hosts did their best to help us understand, the boredom was easy to understand.  Since this was early in our trip, the boredom often translated into sleep.

The rally was held in a campus auditorium, and the place was full.  When we arrived a very dynamic speaker was on stage.  By the reactions of the crowd he was entertaining as well as enlightening.

I should explain that in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Southern Africa (ELCSA) A young Person can be from 18 to 35, and the group seems to be mostly female.  Every step of ELCSA church life puts you in a group with its own uniforms and gatherings.  Most men seem to skip the young adult group since this is a prime work time in their lives.  Women move more slowly from the young adult group to the women group and have rallies and parties the whole way.  For a link to our experience with the ELCSA Women’s league you can check here for my August 20, 2014 post.

Singing at a rally is part of every step.  They sing when they start, during and after.  They sing when they give the offering, and they sing when they protest.  

We all got to be part of a South African tradition, a protest rally.  A real first for us.

There seemed to be several issues, but one that would bubble up again during our trip was the fact that several million Rand ( $1 = 13.16 Rand while we were there) were missing from the church coffers.

During the meal, we were accorded the honor of having the head of the cow that was butchered placed in from of us.  While the platter did not include the skull, it did include the horns, ears, and brains.  Some of our party declined to give it a try, while others were more or less adventurous in their eating.

Part of the platter was something that we would see many times at meals, dumplings.  Dumplings are mostly cake flour and a few other ingredients cooked in a double boiler kind of arrangement and eaten as a bread.  It is definitely finger food since it does not hang together as well as bread.

More of our time spent in South Africa to come, stay tuned.

 

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