Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Zambia Pt. 1

Big Ben

We are here! Perhaps a bit of an understatement considering the last three days have been a bit of a running blur. But yes we are here. It has been quite a journey.
    London was an amazing city with so much to see for the amount of time we spent there. But we did see quite a bit. It was a mad dash around the city on the subway known as the "Tube" for about five or six hours. It was great to be able to see some of London's most famous sights and eat some Fish & Chips all on a classic dreary London day.
    Its amazing to see another city with so many different people. We were grateful to have an old friend (Jason) guide us around the city to the various sights we wanted to see. I didn't get tired of the accents, and I might have found myself falling into the trap of copying a bit of it.
   Altogether a great day. After cutting it a bit close we made the flight to Lusaka, Zambia.

Buckingham Palace

    We arrived in Lusaka at about 6:00am local time, in time to see a beautiful sunrise, which I failed to capture. Security and customs were a bit of a breeze, and after grabbing some breakfast we were on our four hour van ride to Ndola. It could have been the fact that I was absolutely out of it, but that drive felt like it took quite a bit more than four hours. Needless to say, after a bit of grocery shopping, we made it to Kaniki Bible College. It was then, dinner, internet, shower, and lights out.

      A full nights sleep, lying down, is something we take for granted at times. I came to that realization upon waking up refreshed and rested. This was to be a partial day of ministry here at Kaniki, and it shaped up to be a great one. I was so blessed by the worship from the students, and Keith shared a great  word about thanksgiving. The service was described as out of the ordinary, but not in a negative sense. The presence of the Lord showed up and things began to happen. It was an incredible atmosphere of prayer and worship. To top it off we had N'shema for lunch, and it was DE-lish!

I had a pretty unique experience with a former student named Simon. It started with a small discussion about guitars and continued with me learning a couple of worship songs in Bengba, one of the local languages. I have to be honest there are moments in my life that I will never forget, and i'm pretty sure that one made the list. If I could type out the words for you to read I would, and perhaps by day three I will be able to. Simon has agreed to continue to teach, with the exchange of guitar tips.
    Our afternoon consisted of a series of volleyball matches that were competitive and entertaining. It was a great time of meeting new friends, laughing with old ones, and allowing ourselves to be stretched.
   Zambia is a beautiful country, yes the land, but even greater its people. I am so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this team, and I am excited to see what is in store for tomorrow.
That is it for now.
(This will be uploaded tomorrow, since we ran out of internet)
(It's actually two days later...)

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