Welcome, Family {This is Zambia}

March 8, 2012 § 3 Comments

Welcome, Mom and Madison!

We recently had the joy of welcoming my mother and sister to visit us in Zambia for two weeks.  The trip was a whirlwind with a fun activity or two taking place every day.  Some of the highlights in Lusaka included visiting local markets, visiting several of our favorite NGOs (Special Hope Network and Chikumbuso), visiting our church family (both at International Baptist and at the Nelson’s home church), and meeting many of our friends.
A particularly special moment took place on 17 February as we went to visit my sister Madison’s sponsor child, Racheal.  Racheal and her family live in a village near Chongwe, about an hour outside of Lusaka.  We first went to visit World Vision’s Chongwe ADP to appreciate the good work being done by the local staff.  We then traveled to Racheal’s school to meet her headmaster and teacher.  Finally, we went with Racheal to her house where we met her family and gave her several gifts, including some nail polish that she immediately tried out!  We were thrilled to meet Racheal – she is an adorable girl and along with her family was a very gracious host.

Visit with Rachael

Rachel and her family

During the second week of the visit, we drove down to Livingstone, which is about 500km southwest of Lusaka.  The drive itself is very beautiful, and Livingstone is a fun town with many great activities.  Some of our favorites included a safari drive where we saw animals such as giraffe, zebras, and rhinos.

Our safari guides

Zebras

Giraffe

We also were thrilled to watch a sunrise over Victoria Falls, one of the seven wonders of the world.  The water level is very high this time of year, and we were all soaked by the immense mist from the Falls.  Also, we spent every evening enjoying a sunset over the Zambezi River – we had some great talks and family moments together.

Spider's Web over Victoria Falls

Sunrise over the Falls

Sibling time

Finally, perhaps the most thrilling moment from our time in Livingstone was our visit to Mukuni Safari, an experience where you can get very close to the animals.  My sister Madison participated in the Cheetah walk where she literally walked several cheetah’s on a leash.  It was an amazing experience!  We were all very jealous of Maddy.

Cuddling with the kitty

Heel, Fluffy!

Having Mom and Madison visit was one of the highlights of our time in Zambia so far – thanks for making it all the way out here!  We love you and miss you already.

Goodbye for now...

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