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Zambia, 2016, The End and Trip Home

January 19, 2017

We were privileged to hear a concert from a recording star, Ephraim, known through southern Africa for his gospel music and this is his story.

Ephraim with missionary Gary Sidle giving us a concert

Ephraim with missionary Gary, giving us a concert

Ephraim had wanted to be a musician since he was a little boy.  As he entered his teen-age years, he had given his life to Jesus.  God gave him the gift of a beautiful voice and soon he was being sought after to sing in many venues.  He desired to sing on the radio so that his voice would be heard all over Zambia!  He was approached by an agent who promised backing financially and publicity….if he would not sing Christian songs!! After much soul-searching he knew that his voice had to be used to sing praise to Jesus so he contacted the agent to tell him he could not accept his offer.  Despite a feeling of wondering if he would ever fulfill his dream of singing “on air”,  he knew in his heart that he had made the right decision.  Some time later he was approached by a Christian agent who offered funding and his career was launched!  Today he is a much-loved and popular singer, heard all over Zambia and in to South Africa, singing songs that share the gospel message!  What a blessing his music was  to us…and to our national brothers who knew his songs by heart and sang along with him!

Our last day was full of packing then saying good-by to the local people we worked with while in Zambia. A trip to Lusaka and good-by to the our missionary friends. Then it was off to Dubai in the United Arab Eminence. Most of the team continued on to return to the US, but four of us had arranged a short stay in Dubai.

Once out of the airport and off to a hotel for the night we arranged for a tour of the city the next day. We were amazed at the opulence of the city which can best be described in pictures.

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We visited the Burj Khalifa It is the tallest structure in the world, standing at 829.8 m. tall. The bottom floors are a mall which is also the largest mall in the world. The highlights of the mall were a huge indoor aquarium, a spectacular water falls and over 1500 stores and shops. We also toured one of the Palm Islands called Palm Jumeirah.

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Palm Jumeirah consists of a tree trunk, a crown with 16 fronds, and a surrounding crescent island that forms an 11 kilometer-long breakwater. The island itself is five kilometers by five kilometers. It adds 78 kilometers to the Dubai coastline.

Residents began moving into Palm Jumeirah properties at the end of 2006, five years after land reclamation began. The Palm Island address is considered a status symbol in Dubai.

It all seemed a bit overwhelming to us but it was an experience we will always remember. In the end we were happy to return to the U.S.A. and our own home!

We thank God for all the blessings we received on this trip and express our appreciation to the Chicago Heights Church of the Nazarene for the opportunity to participate in this adventure and opportunity to do God’s work.

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