Hello from Zambia!! I have just a second before my battery dies, I have written a long letter and will “paste” it here, please feel free to read…or not, pace yourself it is a weeks worth of activities! God Bless
t me start by saying I miss you guys like crazy! Ken is a great husband, but not a real big talker. Since I don’t speak Tongan, I don’t get to say much…so I have a LOT TO WRITE ABOUT! LOL
This Saturday, the women at the church (Ken and I attend) will begin their weekly meetings. They had stopped meeting a few months ago, the Pastor scolded them (none too gently) this past Sunday and they agreed to “do better”. So at 14 hours (2:00pm) Saturday we will have our first meeting! He has asked that I feel free to share anytime I want. Hmmm…this could be my chance to TALK! (with an interpreter)…hmmm, that will slow me down!!
Our first Mission Team comes the end of March, I am very excited but guess what? It is all men! Very unusual! I have seen teams that were all women, but rarely all men. Again, no one to talk to. Hey I am not here to talk, right? We will take them to villages and do several days of Men’s Bible Study…they also want to take the boys here (at the orphanage) fishing! Action packed time! I will let you know how the fishing goes!
Did I happen to mention it is hot, REAL HOT here? Now, for those of you that know me well, know I am very cold natured so I thought… a little heat? No problem…Oh, MY gosh!! It gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “Hot flash”! I try to put “make-up” on occasionally and it just does not mix well with perspiration. The temp is about 32 degrees Celsius (90’ish F)…now that would not be a huge problem IF WE HAD AIR-CONDITIONING. I hope we can put AC in 2013’s budget for Come Go With Us! O, My Goodness, I start drinking when I get up and don’t stop till I go to bed…(wait, you know I mean water, right?). I feel dehydrated all the time. I felt so bad for Ken, he was coming home from “town” Saturday and the clutch went out on the Truck…he had to walk home…no phone service and even if he had service, WHO WE GONNA CALL?!!! He was one hot tired man. BTW, he was here 6 weeks without me, he lost almost 20 pounds! I found most of them for him (between my knees and hips). Monday we had to tow the car to the garage. There is no “tow service” here. Honestly, you can’t make this stuff up! The (Global Samaritan Orphanage) GSO’s very old Land Crusier with a 7-8 foot metal pole and rope attached to our very old Land Cruiser riding down the road. Of course we are creeping along at 20 kilometers per hour, I kept thinking “Beverly Hillbillies”. By the time we reached the garage, I was “glistening” from head to toe. My face was so red; it looked like I had been to the gym for a serious workout! I still love it here and would not trade this heat for anything…I am learning how to cope with no AC!
So far so good! Two days before I got here, the headmaster of the school, ran over a -7 foot python! So glad I did not see that one, I can’t even think about it! I am watching every step I take!
I am taking my Doxycyclene everyday! This has been a bad year for mosquitoes, so they say…Did I mention it was hot here in Zambia? We have a mosquito net, but it is so HOT to sleep under, I am almost ready to take my chances with the mosquitoes!
Always a challenge! Nothing taste the same…except chocolate. It is delicious world wide! All the chocolate I brought has MELTED! Lol (so I drank it) JUST KIDDING…I have NOT gone hungry, we have great chicken here…OH OH! I found taco shells, they are called “Chaparties” and I always bring taco seasoning with me, well we are just eating away at our tacos and all of a sudden out of now where a medium size roach goes walking across my plate of Charparties! Amazing how instantly ones appetite can be lost! I might lose a few pounds myself, but I love it here, and wish EVERY ONE of you would visit. Come June- Aug. it is winter!!
Is really quite beautiful! We have a very modest one bedroom, one bath home with concrete floors. Someone before me REALLY liked the color green. Green kitchen, green dining area and green bathroom. We have a nice size living area and thank goodness it is not green, not sure what color it is, but I like it! We have almost finished decorating with an African look (go figure)…I hope to send pics one day!
I have not started working with the children in school yet. I have been here one week today and it has taken me some time to adjust, unpack and get the house in order!
Hopefully soon I will back in the swing of things of will give you full details of what is going on in the “bush of Zambia”.
Hugs to all! Hopefully this coming week won’t be as eventful! As I said, I have only been here a week- I am sure there will be some serious stories to tell when we start ministering in the “bush”!
Please know I would love to hear from each of you…what are your children doing? Who is having babies., getting married, how are the college kids doing in COLLEGE? It is always fun to hear from home and things around the beach. In all seriousness, it is a great trip, please consider coming. I would not want to be anywhere else in the world! God bless you all!!