"If it is on the menu, the chef can make it.”
This is the subtitle to Salome Chifamba’s new book, Kingdom Menu, in which she likens God to a chef.
Mrs Chifambi migrated with her husband Fidelis to Australia in 2001, having come from Harare, ZImbabwe, and a culture that she says was “anti-Christian”.
She is now a teacher at Mid North Education Centre and Mr Chifamba is a community program manager at a nursing home.
She launched her book at Sanctuary Corner cafe in Port Pirie with support from local churches including Your Kingdom Come Ministry with which she is a pastor.
“If God writes something in his book, the Bible, he has to do it,” she said. “God is the chef and his word is the menu.
“No restaurant would risk their reputation by putting something on their menu that they could not cook and God would not risk his reputation by saying something he could not do.”
She said her book told how she became a Christian “from a very anti-Christian background” in her homeland.
“My family was somehow Catholic, but not very strong. I thought God was British. We were colonised by the British and when people mentioned Christianity, I thought it was the British trying to colonise again,” she said.
“I believed in the African traditional religion that follows God, the creator, but we worship ancestors, dead people, and we believe they are the ones who lead us to God.”
Mrs Chifamba said she and her husband had migrated because Mr Chifamba was coming to Australia to study and they wanted good opportunities for their children.
“The message is that the kingdom of God is real and God is real,” she said.
Copies of the book, published by Hardshell Publishing, of Adelaide, are available at Meg’s Bookshop and Sanctuary Corner and by contacting Mrs Chifamba on 0421 442 438.
The couple has three children who are aged 27, 23 and 19. Two are in Perth, where the family first settled before Port Pirie, and one is studying at university in Adelaide.
“They have had better opportunities in Australia,” she said.