November 11, 2019


Vineland Free Reformed HANDS Team:

Sorry about the missed blog post yesterday. We did not have internet. 

       To get everyone up to speed we arrived last night at croc valley lodge at Luanga  National Park. 9000 square kilometres of some of the most wild untamed landscape and terrain we have ever seen. 

        For starters the lodge is home to some beautiful features like Air conditioning, a pool, and a lot of baboons. The animals are not too afraid of people as we learned this afternoon at coffee when a baboon pulled the wool over Diana’s eyes and swiped her cake right off her plate. Needless to say We were all quite amused at this cheeky monkey.

 From 6am to 10am we bounced to and fro across the plains spinning our heads every which way to see the next cool animal up ahead. The lineup we experienced today included crocodiles, baboons, lions, many deer, many hippos, hyenas, zebras, giraffes, a leopard, warthogs and a wide variety of birds. 

       A highlight for myself, dare I say our entire group involved an interesting  incident with a male lion. It would be oh so difficult to deliver this story over the internet so I will leave it for you to find out from one of the team members when we get back home. (If we get home).  The afternoon we spent poolside, relaxing, playing pool, swimming, eating pizza (another one of those things I think we all miss)

       In all honesty we are all safe and sound and, I believe, quite pleased with this past day. I think I can speak for everyone when I say that today was humbling. To be so close to a giraffe or an elephant, watching hippos fight, Or to stare a lion in the eye makes us feel quite dependent on something other then ourselves. To say we saw Gods glory in nature would be an understatement. The sounds, the colours, the patterns, the horns, the tusks, the fangs, the claws, and the trunks all so easily point to our Creator. We have been blessed yet again. God has kept us safe in a not always safe environment. We continue to pray for health, strength, patience and safety as we begin heading home.  Tomorrow we drive back to Lusaka where we sleep over before we go wheels up on Wednesday. 

Until next time, 

Your friend in the pen, Brandon Kamphuis

P.S. A little note from Sarah: Sorry to everyone who was looking forward to Safari photos. The internet here is not very good so the pictures arent uploading. I promise there will be tons of photos from the Safari when I make the video of the whole trip!


Joanne M
Nov 11, 2019 at 4:09 pm

Thanks so much for posting all the pictures and doing the blogs while you were on this trip. The safari sounds like it was a real hit! We look forward to hearing more when you get back. Hope you have a safe trip home!

Ineka n.
Nov 11, 2019 at 4:58 pm

What an amazing trip you have had so far. But this grandma will be happy when you are all home again!!

Nov 11, 2019 at 6:26 pm

What an amazing experience! Can't wait to see more pics/videos. Safe travels home everyone!

Nov 11, 2019 at 6:34 pm

An experience of a lifetime! We are grateful that you all gave so much time, energy and hard work to others! We trust it will long be remembered! Safe travels!

Nov 11, 2019 at 7:04 pm

Where’s the sleeping beauty today?

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