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I am falling in love with Zambia more and more each day, and though I try not to rush the days away – I am already sad to think we will be leaving in just eight months.  It no longer feels like it will be a long enough stay (didn’t it at one point?)… will my Africa longing be satisfied by then??

 

There is so much to do each day that time is quickly flying by.  The purple jacaranda trees have faded and been replaced with the flaming red flamboyas, offering a reminder of how long we’ve been here already; That, as well as the awareness of our expired one-month tourist visas and the battle to get our student visas in time for expedition.

Reassembling the bus engine with Moses and Victor - Fred didn't notice the settings on the camera were wrong - ahha.
  Afternoons are hot, 95 degrees being expected and 100 not surprising – ‘cool’ days of 78 degrees are a welcomed reprieve from the heat.  I’ve stopped looking at the thermometer most days in an attempt to convince myself it really isn’t too hot – and am grateful for the Brits and their Celsius that has no effect on me: They say 30 and I think of snow – Good stuff!  It is certainly hard to believe it’s October already, and back home temperatures are falling and snow is not impossible.

 

Here at base things are going well.  We have been preparing for Expedition 1, including lectures on prayer, the Holy Spirit, and other awesome things that leave me so excited I can’t decide whether to write, call home and share it all, or just sit down and discuss it for hours with the team.  Suzanne and Barrett also made sure we fit in a lecture on demons and deliverance: What could we possibly be facing?!?  We’ve been warned that the month spent in the bush of Malawi will be time spent hot, sweaty, dirty, hungry, and surrounded by countless children invading your space from the moment you get out of the tent in the morning.

Laura, Suzanne, and Flamboya - en route to patch up our dorm floors.
  Who’s excited!!?!  The team has been feeling a mixture of nervousness and great excitement.  I’m too exhausted in facing each day to be overly excited about next week, but I have been learning to trust God more and more, and am open to where He leads me and surprisingly not nervous.  The other morning I read in Matthew about the feeding of the 4,000, not long after the feeding of the 5,000, and yet the disciples were still at a loss for how they would feed the crowd in the desolate wasteland.  Needless to say, I’m trying to remember what God has gotten us all through thus far, and have faith that He will continue to do so.

 

True to the culture this side of the ocean, the guys play an occasional “football” (sorry brother) game, one a couple weeks ago against the students, and this week against the workers at KBC.

Buying eggs at Masala Market
  This game was very exciting, and they wound up tying 4-4.  As with last time, the adorable kids crowded around us girls and helped us cheer.  We had them all on our side this week, as we figured our guys needed the help more – and it worked!  Mostly, anyway.  (PS – they LOVE cameras!)  The next morning was spent working in the work shop and it was a fun topic of conversation.  I worked with Moses, Pr. Chris, and Victor in the garage and they got a kick out of hearing how sore and knackered the guys all were at breakfast.  We are all quickly developing friendships with the students and the workers, and will be excited to see them again after expedition to swap tales.

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Reassembling the bus engine with M…
Reassembling the bus engine with …
Laura, Suzanne, and Flamboya - en …
Laura, Suzanne, and Flamboya - en…
Buying eggs at Masala Market
Buying eggs at Masala Market
Masala Market
Masala Market
Socks!  One of the many stray kitt…
Socks! One of the many stray kit…
Husky and Socks
Husky and Socks
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Katherine, the wonderful cook, an…
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Yay, Team! Kurt, Rhys, Time, Bar…
Team AQ
Team AQ
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KBC GO! GO! GO! WE NEED SOME PRES…
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Kratus and Posse
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Taija and Blessings
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Cute!
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The kids took a good hundred pics…
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Earnest, the talented English spe…
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Goal 2 Celebration
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Happy Team!
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