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Zambia, 2016, Part One

April 19, 2016

Some of you may have thought I got lost on one of my trips and never returned. Not the case though, as you can see! In 2016 my wife and I went on a Work and Witness trip with the Chicago Heights Church of the Nazarene. If you follow my blog you will see that I was in Zambia in 2012 working on this same project. You can read the description of the project in the article “Zambia, 2016, Returning.”

The team from Chicago Heights Church of the Nazarene

The team from Chicago Heights Church of the Nazarene

This trip started out a little different than usual with an overnight stay in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. This is a modern city in the Arabian Peninsula, On the Persian Gulf. Some of the team took a short trip to see some of the sights for a couple of hours after we arrived. Dubai boasts the worlds tallest building and the world’s largest mall.

Dubai is a city in the United Arab Emirates known for luxury shopping, ultramodern architecture and a lively nightlife scene. Burj Khalifa, an 830m-tall tower, dominates the skyscraper-filled skyline. At its foot lies Dubai Fountain, with jets and lights choreographed to music. On man-made islands just offshore is Atlantis, the Palm, a resort with water and marine-animal parks.

 

View of the city of Dubai from the Burj Khalifa building

View of the city of Dubai

The next morning we were off to Lusaka, the capital city of Zambia, a seven-hour flight, where we were met by the resident missionaries. They had arranged bus transportation to the site of the school were we will be working. The building we will be working on is the same building where the team worked in 2012. Now some of the rooms are finished enough so we can stay on site while we work on the rest of the building.

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Both our work site and our residence for this trip.

View from the road

View from the road

This building has 8 sections, each with four rooms. The first two sections were complete enough for us to live in. Seven of the rooms were dormitory style living space, each with beds and a bathroom. Not all of the plumbing was complete so only three rooms had running water in the bathrooms. The other room was a kitchen.

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The kitchen

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The dorm rooms.

As the team assembled we met the missionaries who were here on our last trip and have been missionaries  in central Africa for the last 14 years. They live in Lusaka, the capitol city of Zambia, and travel the 20 miles more or less to help us almost daily. They also help with the purchase of food and supplies needed to complete our tasks.

There is a crew of local people working on the site along with us led by Clement the sight manager.

 

Clement with one of the team members

Clement with one of the team members

We arrived in the evening and after a meal on the site we were given an orientation by the missionary. He described the tasks that needed to be done and then it was off to sleep for the night.

 

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