Livingstone to Kazungula

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We had a great time in Livingstone! On Wednesday morning we visited the Victoria Falls. I visited the falls in December and if it was not for our swim in the Devil’s pool I would have walked away disappointed, but this time I was blown away by the beauty… there was much more water than in December and we got soaking wet! It was so much fun and a great experience. We stood there astonished and humbled by God’s great power!
On Wednesday afternoon we visited the Lubasi orphan’s home and afterwards we met up with our contact in Livingstone, Pastor Mazumai. We took a “short” walk with him to his home. (I have learned that you should be prepared to walk at least an hour and a half if they say a distance is walkable… ) It was a very interesting walk as we went right through Maramba township. In some areas the people live in difficult conditions but overall the houses and yards are kept very neat and the people are very friendly. Pastor Mazumai also completed the Live School curriculum, the same curriculum we are using, in 2000 so we had some interesting discussions with him. He told us that they had been praying for teams to visit, so to them MIA2012 is an answer to prayer!
The next morning we surprised Jacques with a blue cake (he is a Blue Bull, sadly), as he strengthened his position as the eldest member of our team. It was time to leave for Kazungula…
On our way to the taxi rank we unexpectedly bumped into Pastor Muzamai, who by God’s grace helped us to get on the right taxi.
I knew that we were going to visit students from a mission school in Kazungula, what I did not realize is that they are also busy with their outreach phase. The Livingstone Mission Centre students are currently camping a few hundred meters from the Kazungula border post and the Zambezi river. We arrived there on Thursday afternoon and had a tasty and very filling lunch consisting of samp, after which we set up our tents and settled in. There are eleven students at the Kazungula mission school, most of them are from Zambia but there are also students from Zimbabwe, Kenya and South Africa… this makes for a very interesting mix of cultures! I especially enjoyed time spent with Boniface, a friendly tall Kenyan of the Luo tribe. Brumilda, who had been to Kenya in 2010, greeted him in his tribal tongue which caused a priceless reaction… he could not believe his ears! Lerato was also happy to meet Mpho, a fellow South African from Soshanguve… they enjoyed each other’s company and their own language since they had both spent most of their time this year with people from another culture.
On Friday we had two MIA2012 meetings with local pastors, one in Livingstone and one in Kazungula. The people here are very interested in receiving teams.
We spent the rest of our time evangelizing and taking part in various outreach activities in and around the villages. One of the groups visited the head woman of one of the villages and helped to build an enclosure for a toilet. The students of the Kazungula mission school will do follow-up visits in the coming weeks.
On Saturday I killed my first chicken… the knife was blunt so it was not a nice experience! After having fish on all the previous days we were looking forward to the chicken, especially because it took Steve and Pastor Moses the whole afternoon to clean and slaughter it. Thus, it was a great disappointment when we were suddenly informed that the chicken would be used the next day and that we should cook kapenta instead. Kapenta is small dried fish that they fry in oil, most of us quite enjoyed it, but only in small quantities as it has a strong fishy after taste!
The four hour church session was a great experience. Jacques delivered a very suitable sermon which the people seemed to agree with and the praise and worship led by the youth and children was a big highlight! They seemed to have an inexhaustible source of energy as they clapped, jumped and sang non stop in the mid day Zambian heat… it was also great to see how even the local pastor jumped in, grabbed a mic and started to sing and dance, almost as if to compete with the energetic young ones.
On Sunday afternoon we crossed the Zambezi river with the pontoon. It was awesome to think that we were standing on the corner of four countries; Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia. The Zambezi river is something to see, we just do not have an equivalent in South Africa!
Our time at Kazungula flew by quickly and we are grateful for the experience! The Kazungula students only have three weeks left before graduation and we can see that they are really tired, I think our encouragement came at the right time. It would be great if the FTLT students can visit the LMC students again next year. As I am writing this we are now on our way to Lusaka. We are looking forward to our time there with a great expectation from the Lord. Please continue to keep us in your prayers, thanks for reading!

Hendre and the South2North Team

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