Lanny, Brian and I were in Torit this morning. Brian and I visited the market. Much of the processed food appears to be from Kenya: jams, pineapple juice, crackers, syrup, soap, washing powder, batteries, cookies, candies, cloth, cigarettes, etc. Local goods available included greens of many sorts, tiny red peppers, very little dura (sorghum), potatoes, meat, wood, charcoal, cassava (not much), okra, cucumbers, bananas, smoked meat, smoked fish, sugar cane, corn, groundnuts (peanuts), lemons, limes, bread and one squash. There were also beans, rice, millet and flour for sale. The storekeepers seemed unwilling to sell whole bags of dura, millet, groundnuts, etc.
Brian showed me an ant lion today. It is a small insect which makes a pit in the dust, then waits for an ant to stumble in. It has pincer-like jaws.
This afternoon we drove up to Katire. There were many teak and some mahogany trees along the way. There were bamboo plants and some bananas at the bottom of the Imatong Mountains. The climate is much wetter here. There is some rice growing on the grounds of Imatong Bible College. They have also planted cassava, maize, beans, papaya and a few other crops.
Photo: Myself Near the Road from Torit to Katire
Photo: Brian Arensen Near the Road from Torit to Katire
I met Peter and Ann Konyi. They are missionaries sent here by Africa Inland Church (AIC) Missionary Board. They are the first AIC missionaries to be sent outside Kenya. They are very warm, open and eager to serve the Lord. I am impressed. Thelma is also here. The Pontiers are in Zaire. We are spending the night in their house.