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Stories of Change

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Our first days at the school

After 28 hours of travel, we arrived safely in Ndola, Zambia on August 8. Aaron and Charles (the missionaries on the ground) met us at the airport and drove us to Luanshya (about 45 minutes away). Immediately, the guys noticed something strange that I forgot to tell them.😉

"Waiting, why are we driving on the wrong side of the road?"

"Oh yeah, I forgot to tell you about that one, didn't I?" I replied. 😂

Not only were we on the "wrong side" of the road, but we were also swerving all over to avoid massive pot holes and all the other cars that were also swerving all over the road. Although this seems very strange to us, it's completely normal to a Zambian and even now, a week later, we've completely adjusted and are even sleeping in the van now. But this was Christian's first reaction to the roads in Zambia right after landing! (0:41 secs)

After arriving, Aaron took us on a brief tour of Luanshya to get our bearings, and then he took us to the Inn we were staying at.

Each morning, we’ve been meeting with Aaron at 7am to receive “missionary training”. Aaron has been teaching us the mindset of a missionary here in Zambia; that it’s all about making disciples through building relationships.

After our training, we head out for the day's adventure. Most of our time in the first few days were spent at the school meeting the teachers and the children. Nicholas, Christian and Matthew loved interacting with the kids and playing soccer and games in the sand. The village kids would teach us some games they know, and then we would teach some games we know.

Before we left for Zambia, we were able to purchase a 45’ parachute to donate to the school. The children absolutely LOVED this! Check out their reaction the first time we showed them how to get inside the balloon. It was great! (0:26 sec) And the children were so excited to receive their gifts and letters from their sponsors.

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