I have several blog posts in the works. They are more on what I’ve been learning and all that the Lord is pressing on my heart. This one is not like the others. It is light (and maybe slightly disturbing to some). So enjoy!
Our Sub-Saharan Africa leaders have been amazing. They have spent so much time pouring into each of us and helping us prepare for the next step in the journey. This past Sunday, they gave us an opportunity to practice for what will become, for some, a common activity once we arrive in Africa – killing chickens. They also showed us how to dry meat and make & grill bread over the fire. It was a day of firsts for many!
There were a total of seven chickens set to be slaughtered. The event started before I arrived with the hatchet, so the first bird experienced a slower death. It wasn’t pretty. If you’ve never been around people doing this for the first time, it is quite a sight. There is plenty of gasping and screaming. It was an afternoon full of free entertainment! Watching it all reminded me of my first day in the jungle, when I was told I’d have to chase down my lunch if I wanted to eat!
- Select chicken and don’t even think about becoming friendly by naming it (it will make things too personal).
- Place chicken’s head on the chopping block.
- Choose who is actually going to bring down the hatchet on this poor bird’s neck.
- Swing away and hope you connect (for a some, it took an extra whack or two!).
- Throw the now headless bird away from you – make sure it doesn’t run back towards the innocent bystanders (chickens running around with their heads cut off tend to scare the children!).
- Retrieve your bird and carry it over to the pot of boiling water and submerge (assure the kids watching that it truly is dead and you are not drowning it).
- Pluck all feathers from its body (make sure to get them all…they aren’t tasty).
- Proceed to disembowel and cut up the chicken (there is no clean, easy way to do this – just stick your hand in and yank).
- Cook chicken however you choose to or delegate to someone else.
- Sit down and enjoy a meal that you have actually watched come together from start to finish (if you aren’t now a vegetarian!).
Needless to say, there were lots of laughs shared and memories made. I’m going to miss these folks. I’ve included a few pictures in the slideshow below. Hope you enjoy! Eat more chicken!