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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Leaving on a BIG 747! and a couple others! 0 comments

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Today we are leaving Africa and headed home.  But before we go we visit a market in Malawi. We've been warned that we have an hour to shop and to negotiate, barter, haggle how ever we can! Some of us are better at it than others! But a fun experience to see and visit with all sorts of people and see how some make a living! Then it was time to head to the airport, say our goodbyes and get ready for a long trip home. I think we are all sad to leave but have made a lot of memories and met a lot of wonderful people. Thanks to the wonderful people at CCAP, at Hoya and everyone inbetween that made our trip more enjoyable and memorable. and a huge thanks to Philemon and Moffat! Wonderful people, hosts, tour guides, teachers, driver, leaders, encouragers, and God driven people. May God bless you and the people and CCAP and all the other people and organizations that you work with! 

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Game Drive and back to Malawi 0 comments

YAY! Early morning and out to the wilderness! Our game drive was about 5hr with a break of tea/coffee in the middle. We were able to see animals such as impalas, warthogs, giraffes, elephants, buffalo, waterbacks (and many other 4 legged deer animals!), a hynea, leopard, zebras, and many beautifully colored birds. It was amazing to see God's creation in its element! After the game drive we packed up and drove 3hrs or so back to the border and into Malawi and on to Lilongwa were we had our "last supper" with our group and guides. We then headed to Bethany, where we stayed our first night, for one last sleep in Africa.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Let's See The Wildlife! 0 comments

Today we travel to South Luongwe National Park, about a 5hr drive. We also made sure to pack some supplies to drop off at a few locations on the way. When most travel is done by walking you try to take advantage of the transportation and routes you take! After arriving and what felt like an even hotter area, we relaxed by a pool with cool drinks (the other African staple Orange Fanta and Coke!) onlooking a dried up river with some wild life like impalas, birds and warthogs. Near the rooms we stayed and where we ate we have some beautiful, amazing visitors, which made it difficult to concentrate on the few things we were doing. We had giraffes, elephants, monkeys, warthogs, and mere African cats (meerkats!) We had an amazing buffet supper prepared for us that included pork, chicken, potatoes, cauliflower and cheese, green beans and carrots, rice and of course the African staple, shima! The weather at this side, we were sure was 10 degrees hotter! We thought it was hot in Lundazi, it was “Super Duper” HOT at the park, therefore a restless sleep of trying to keep cool. But need some rest as our tour starts at 530am!!

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Last Day at Hoya 0 comments

Marty wrote an immaculate piece of something for our blog and then it somehow disappeared! So to recap we continued building the school, mixing cement, hauling bricks and started adding cinder blocks. Jerry and Ava got to experience the mixing and making of the cinder blocks. You think it would be good for shorter people but was very back breaking none the less! This should make it go much faster than the smaller bricks! This is our last day at Hoya to visit and get done as much as we can. A positive note of building the school by an existing school is the help of the students. Five of us can carry a few bricks but add 20 or so students and we can make piles! We were also able to finish the footings on half of the school and built up bricks on two walls ready for the footings. Afterwards we visited another nearby village. This time we were able to walk through the village and look in their buildings. One of the locals discussed what crops they produce which include maize, sweet potato, onions, ground nuts, and cotton. They raise a variety of livestock including, oxen, goats, sheep, chickens, ducks, pigeons, rabbits, geese and pigs. It was interesting to see the storage of their crops and animal pens. After touring the village we headed back to the school and heard about further improvements with the head teacher of the school, the Vice Chair of the PTA, and Reverend Nehemia (from CCAP). They expressed their gratitude and appreciation for CCAP, Edu Deo, the HANDS teams for their willingness and participation in the building of the new school. Headed back to the compound for supper, devotions and sleep! We have a long day of travel tomorrow!


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