Our Neighborhood: New Stands

Posted on February 15th, 2011

We are situated on top of a hill overlooking the Zambezi River, not far from the Zambian and Zimbabwean borders. It is a beautiful area, full of trees and wildlife. From our house at night, one can hear the elephant and sometimes the lion. There are small houses and large houses intermingled as Botswana does not deed restrict but does require a proper house, i.e. cement wall, tin roof, doors, windows, and a proper sanitary system.

The most amazing aspect of my neighbors’ homes is that almost every single one has a satellite dish for television reception, which was especially important during the last World Cup which was held in South Africa. I am still getting used to the urbanization around me in this African village. Cell phones, vehicles, televisions, refrigerators, stoves are common place. Back in 1995, only the very rich had these. Now it seems most everyone does.

Recently, a Polish biker who pitched his tent in our yard (as we have no couch or bed to offer) remarked how civilized Botswana was compared to other African countries. He said, “You can even drink the water from the tap!” It is true! Botswana is very advanced due to wise leadership from the top. However, the AIDS infection rate is one of the highest per capita in the world. Yes, there is much improvement in their physical lives, but, oh, how much they need improvement in their spiritual lives!

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