I still cannot believe I am in Zambia, Africa. Time is flying by. We are already preparing for our next team! We will minister in the villages of Chumbayumba and Makoli. Guess what?! This team has WOMEN!! I am so excited; someone to talk to- females- complete with mood swings and opinions. Maybe I should be careful what I wish for!LOL
The last few weeks have been fairly uneventful…for Zambia that is…
Lions and Tigers and Bears , Oh My! I just got the Zambezi Traveler (free newspaper for tourists) and read there was a lion loose in Livingstone last month…The news was a LITLE LATE wouldn’t ya say?! We follow the “yellow brick road” to Livingstone at least once a week. But with no “local news” how am I supposed to know there is a lion loose?! The lion made its appearance on the outskirts of Livingstone and just so you can relax (on my behalf) until last month it had been 30 years since a wild lion had been reported in the immediate area. The lions name is Dynamite (go figure) and he is quite famous. He was featured in a National Geographic documentary film Lion’s Behaving Badly. He was wearing a GPS collar so they were able to track his travels. He escaped from Hwange National Park. Dynomite was on the loose for 7 days prior to being caught (remember…this is Zambia) he had a little livestock for dinner but thankfully no human lives were lost. I am delighted he has been caught!
We had movie night with the children here at Global and decided to show the American Classic The Wizard of Oz you know, with the whole “Lions” and Tigers and Bears thing I thought it was very fitting. They all enjoyed it; however they laughed in places that as a child I remembered being frightened of. I guess the wicked witch of the West is nothing compared to a Black Mamba. Speaking of Mambas…there was a GREEN MAMBA climbing on the eves of the Guest House trying to get in through the roof. We live VERY close to the guest house. Hypothetically speaking if I had a Krispy Kreme doughnut (which I don’t) I could throw it from my house to the Guest House (which I wouldn’t do, I would eat it) but…we are THAT close in distance! Once again God spared me; I was in town and missed the whole thing! But I was thinking…if they managed to find one green mamaba TRYING to get in, what about the one (s) they did NOT find trying to get in. I need to go to the wizard and get some “courage” or maybe a brain?! lol
I received my first package from the states! I took a picture of the box when it arrived, maybe one day I will be able to get some pics on FB. I took a picture of the box because the box was demolished! I can hardly believe nothing was broken! We are blessed that we have everything we need but if I could have asked for one luxury item to be sent it would be a Tervis (spelling) tumbler with a lid and straw and along with many other things there was one in the box!! I can’t believe I left the US without one! Thanks Jill Rohler!
We had a wonderful Easter here. The church pulpit was decorated with a white sheet and fresh flowers from the bushes and trees around the orphanage. The communion table and pastors table were decorated with tye-dyed sheets of blue and white. It really looked nice in spite of what it sounds like. Lol
As usual I put my best face on for Sunday church. I wore a nice dress, I put make-up on complete with mascara (in this heat) which I rarely do. This sweet young girl (16’ish) walks up to me and says “Auntie Karen, you are looking so old”…hmmm…what do I say to that….I guess she saw the blood drain from my face…and she quickly said, “but you are so beautiful old”…having shared that, how was YOUR Easter?! lol
The two of us have already consumed one whole jar of Jif Creamy Pnut butter. This is more than we usually eat in 6 months at home. We brought it from the U.S. When I am tired of tuna or eggs, I resort to Jif! We still have 2 jars but I sure thought it would last longer than a month.
I am consider myself very diligent where dental hygiene is concerned (I am quite fond of my teeth)! Crystal (my dental hygienist) and Dr. Daubenspeck hooked me up with floss and tooth brushes before I left. Would you believe dental floss is $5.20!! That is insane. But wait, there’s more! It gets even better; Listerine is almost $9.00 for 16oz. You can get a GALLON of Listerine at Wal*mart for $9.00! At that price who can afford good dental hygiene?
I wonder if I can wash my dental floss and use it again… or maybe SELL IT! JUST KIDDING!! Not that desperate!
O.k. this is my final story, Ken and I are trying to have some sort of “landscaping” in our front yard. So far we have designed a beautiful “Dirt and Rock” garden, but I wanted some grass. In Ken’s effort to “make Mama happy” we began the search for grass. I need to interject something (I can never tell a short story). When you go to High School in Africa, you must pay! There is no free public education! It is fairly reasonable for grades 1 – 8 but high school is about $200.00 per year! So children work VERY hard to raise money for their education. Our children at the orphanage have sponsors and their education is taken care of by donations. However, we met a young man last year that sang with the boys group and he is trying to raise money to finish grade 12. So in an effort to help him, Ken has asked if he would find us some grass. He did, he dug it up (plug by plug) and planted it “plug by plug”. Obviously it took several days and I wanted to “help” so one of the sweet girls here said she would like to help me. She started digging in the dirt with her finger, making a hole big enough for the plug of grass. I said “Nonoka, I have an idea I will get us spoons and it will go much faster” she laughed and said “Auntie Karen you can’t use a spoon, that is a sign of laziness”. Seriously? So my fingernails are ruined for life, but hey, I am in Zambia! Whose gonna see them?! Love you all and THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS!! Please don’t stop praying!