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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Day 16 1 comment

Our Team:

Today was a travel day for the team, making the drive from Chipata to Lusaka for our final night in Zambia. It's at this time that we become somewhat reflective about our experiences and the work we accomplished here. We're grateful for the service that we were able to do here, and for the hospitality that we received from everyone. Zambia has been a warm and open country.


There's much more work to do here, and we noted during the the trip that the harvest is great but the workers are few. It's in this spirit that we note that while this chapter is closing, we look forward to the next, to the work for which God has called us. There will be more trips, more work, more fulfillment of God's promises. We fly back awaiting that day.


All praise and glory be to God our Maker!

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Day 15 1 comment

Starting bright and early this morning we headed out on a second game drive. Once again, we were able to see many different animals, big and small alike. Our driver (and Adam) explained much about animals: the different amounts of food that the elephants/hippos eat, their massive size, and many other details to fill our four hour drive. We saw an incredible variety of different animals throughout the park.

We really stood in wonder and awe at how God managed to put all the different animals on the Ark. Questions were raised on how they managed to fit enough food on board? Like how did all the animals lived together without killing each other?

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Day 14 1 comment

After receiving a warm farewell from CCAP at the guesthouse in Lundazi, the team hit the road for Mfuwe. We wound up on another Rosa for the drive and enjoyed  some sandwiches with our favourite Zambian ground nut (peanut) spread.

Once we got to Mfuwe, we checked into our lodge and noticed right away that there were hippos in the river. They were far from the only wildlife that we saw. 

We started our game drive into the South Luangwa National Park, and it began with a bang. Nearly as soon as we crossed the river, we saw a hippo diving into the water. From there, we saw lions (multiple!), hyenas, impalas, elephants, cape buffalo, baboons, and a leopard, among others. Jerry tried to get a picture of the lion, but Claudia photobombed it.

We feel privileged at being here to witness this piece of God's creation. Seeing the park feels in a small way like looking back into another time, before humans were at the top of the food chain. It is humbling to be sitting 2.5 meters from a very healthy lion.



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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Day 13..our last day at Mwase 1 comment

This was our last day at Mwase. The roads were a bit drier and the bus was fuller. We had a number of teachers with us who were attending the 3 day TFT workshop at Mwase Secondary school. We were able to help parging 2 classrooms on the inside. We have great respect for the local construction people with whom we've been working beside. They are a lot of fun and a big help.

 The children always help fill in the gaps around lunch or any other bit of free time we have.

  We had the farewell ceremony this afternoon. It was filled with local music and dance and a whole lot of laughter! Most of the team were able to get up and show some of our Canadian moves.  Hopefully you understand what that means. The local PTA gave us some gifts for our service, including 2 chickens, a walking stick for Fred and a traditional stick for me to keep the team in line. Could have used that 10 days ago!!! We were serenaded by Ellen and her daughter. She has an amazing voice.

All in all we had a terrific time, we've worked side by side, played the same way and experienced a lot of what local Zambians live with each day: the rough roads, lack of power and water were challenging but good for us. It helps us to understand how others live each day. We give thanks for it all. May God continue to Bless the people of Zambia and the children at the Mwase school.

 Next stop is the South Luangwa National Park. The team is looking forward to this experience.

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