Malawian bee update
Approaching a hive of 50,000 busy bees, with only a hat, head mosquito net, and some rubber gloves, to take their honey is a “sobering moment”, as I know the workers will give their lives to protect their Queen-bee.
Yet I know that if Mfumu Chapsinja does not see how honey can be safely harvested with what is available locally, the new beekeeping project will fail to catch on. Very important because each hive can save a struggling family from poverty as it can be produce an annual salary’s worth of honey!
I also know that the workers should, with my smoking twisted straw taper, think more of the fire risk than me, if I hold my nerve and move slowly.
Lifting the lid of the hive, you see just what “hive of activity means” and expecting the sharp pains of stings from the bees on my arms and buzzing all around. But none come, protection seems to surround me like the sun’s rays.
It seems an age but the honey is harvested, and the Chief says he will make more for his village, as he has seen for himself how it can be done, and it’s safer at night.
Job done, back home thankful and full of joy. God gives “good gifts” not what harms us.