"But just as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us—see that you also excel in this grace of giving." 2Corinthians 8:11

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Lovin' Life

The 6 hour drive was successful! We stopped at a place called Tooters for a quick snack which had amazing French fries (aka: chips). On the drive in I noticed how different the terrain in Zambia was compared to America. One minute there were mountains on either side with trees, then the next the land was flat with cactus, palm trees and random trees. It resembled a mixture of Arizona and Arkansas landscape.

As soon as we arrived to the mission we dropped our bags off and drove to the Haven in the "Khaki Jackie" to see the babies. Words can’t even explain the feeling I had walking in and seeing all the little children. I instantly felt the need to hold a child. So naturally I did, and the little baby I held was Dow, a 1 year old boy. He was so precious!!

Baby Nita

After we visited all the babies at the Haven we had our first dinner, thanks to the infamous cooking of Leonard. Wednesday’s menu consisted of: fried chicken, green beans, mashed potatoes, coleslaw, and of course a cake. A typical southern meal if you ask me.

When we arrived back to our “home” we finished unpacking (the suitcases that were present at least) and soon discovered the “wall spiders”. These things are HUGE and so far tonight we have killed 3, there are still a few roaming around untouched because apparently they kill the mosquitoes. However, their name is a lie, because we have spotted two on the floor, not cool. Showering should be interesting tomorrow morning since 2 of the 3 deaths have occurred in the bathrooms.
There is no T.V. to watch movies nor is there access to the internet, awesome. However, after discovering Caroline in the closet doing Zumba with her I-pod, (to those of you who do not know what Zumba is: it’s a salsa/hip-hop dance exercise class) Catherine, Meghann, Jaime, Rachel, and I got her to come into the main room and teach all of us. It was HA-sterical and super fun! I do believe we are going to make this "Zumba in Zambia" a nightly thing.

*The above paragraphs were meant to be posted yesterday but due to the lack of internet service it had to be postponed. Currently, as I am typing this blog post, the internet is being sketch by going in and out. If it weren’t so annoying I would find it slightly comical since all 9 of us girls are gathered in the main room with our laptops each of us groaning every time the internet stops working.

Girl sleeping in chapel...some things never change.

Today we went to the college for chapel. It was an amazing experience to be with the students here and praise the Lord together. Afterwards, we met a few of the students and we were invited to their soccer game this afternoon, which we are soon attending. We went into town for the afternoon to the local market to purchase shatangies and drinks/snacks (diet coke and water were a must!) I was also able to find a couple of straws, which was a GIANT success in my book because apparently Africans don’t feel the need to use straws. As far as the luggage situation goes, we are on day 2 without it. We are hoping it arrives later tonight; I am keeping my fingers crossed!

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