Day 15. Up early and heading out for game drive in Botswana. It is very hot today so we are hoping that doesn't keep the animals in hiding! Hope to send some pictures!
Day 16... Team got up early to soak in every last moment of Zambia. Had a wonderful breakfast and toured Victoria Falls. We will head to airport around 11 am Zambia Time to begin our long journey home. God has been good, faithful and provided much spiritual rejuvenation on this journey for all the team members. We know that the many prayers and thoughts of all of you where showered over us as we traveled and focused on God's plan in all of what we did.
Day 17... Finally arrived home on US soil. Very long flight and all are looking forward to seeing family! Thanks for all the thoughts and prayers and support!
Day 11... This morning began with visits to the mayor of Chingola and the district commissioner of
Chingola . We were escorted to the clinics by the assistant to the minister of health. We taught a class of 28 women all who deliver babies in various clinics. It was a great day and filled with much songs, dancing and celebrations as they graduated!! Our grand total of HBB graduates is now up to 139 with more tomorrow!! Thanks for all the prayers!
Melissa and Team Africa!
Day 12... Today was another wonderful day planned by God! We taught 30 midwives and TBAs and it was a great class!! That brings our count up to 169 total! It's a record breaker for TPM!! We then took a tour of one of the Dr's' clinics. Very impressive. The evening was topped off with some special
native dancing and an African BBQ . They are treating us very good here!! We leave for Lusaka tomorrow with hopes of meeting the First Lady!
Day 9... Today we left our paradise on earth! We enjoyed FCE so much and the wonderful people there. We all felt as if we were part of the family. They drove us out of the bush to the main road to meet our ride to Chingola. We arrived in Chingola around 2pm our time and we are taking a little time
to rest. Tomorrow we will visit a local church and provide a mobile clinic for the people after church.
Our HBB classes will begin again Monday morning and afternoon. Thankful for safe travels!
Day 10... Today began with attending church at the Baptist church of Chingola. It was a very inspiring service. The pastor spoke about reclaiming peace in your life and connecting with God. How to be a peacemaker in a world where peace seems to be illusive. He spoke about how unconfessed sin can rob you of peace and how to attain it again. We then spent time with the pastor and some of the people in the congregation. It was back to the lodge for lunch and preparing for our upcoming adventure.
We received permission from the government to go to The Congo border to teach a doctor who is in the ministry of health in Chingola but is a Congolese. He became our guide and translator. He spoke English, Swahili French and some Bemba.
The trip to the border was quite exciting!! We saw miles and miles of trucks waiting to cross over the border to transport goods. They will be waiting for days!! Our class was filled with quite the assortment of people. Despite the language barriers they understood a great deal of the information. We then got permission to cross the border for a brief picture (this was tourism at its best!) we had one foot in Zambia and one In Congo! Now back to the lodge. Leonard likes guacamole so we have been purchasing the ingredients on our way back to lodge by stopping at road side stands! Fun!!
Classes begin tomorrow at several clinics in the remote areas of Chingola. Gods fingerprints were all over today!!
And Team Africa
the team traveled packed everything up and traveled to Masati FCE school. We stopped at a clinic to do a brief HBB clinic with some midwives then It was off to FCE. We had a wonderful dinner and all fell into bed! We woke up early to begin helping the FCE nurse screen all the school children for malaria and many other diseases that are commonly seen in this area of Zambia. It is amazing to see how God is working among these people here and how faithful the people are who work here giving their lives to God's work. We feel very humbled and honored to be here serving in this way.This afternoon will be some HBB classes for some staff here and local midwives. We will also be doing a eye glass clinic for The staff here at FCE. We are pretty remote in the bush so wifi is limited.Thanks for all your prayers Tomorrow we will be traveling to Chingola for more HBB teaching at a hospital there.
Melissa and Team Africa
Day 5... I always remind my team members that they must remain flexible, adaptable and have a sense of humor because plans will inevitably change. Today they did!! We started our day teaching a class of 27 HBB students and all but 4 didn't speak any English :) needless to say we became very good at charades! Many helpers from the clinic stepped up to offer translation and all went well! We also spent time at ChildLife orphanage and enjoyed our time with the children as they sang to us and played games. We provided an eye clinic for the ladies that work there and did some BP screening. All of the children were very healthy. We provided them with some items for their pantry and some much needed medications for their first aid kit. A long but rewarding day! More tomorrow!! Thanks for all your prayers and support! Blessings from Melissa and Team Africa!
We taught a class along with some of the ladies we taught last year. We taught 73 women in HBB training. It was an amazing day! We then traveled to the farm at Chilabula and presented them with some much needed medications. Many of the Children suffer from malnourishment and worms. The medicines will go a long way to help them!
Today we spent the day traveling to several clinics and villages visiting some of the TBAs that had been thought HBB and were able to feel validation for the years of teaching. It was a great day and very encouraging to see the fruits of our labor and the growth of the seeds previous TPM teams had planted. Tomorrow we will teach a class of 30 in Ndola and then visiting Childlife Touch orphanage. One of my favorite days!! God is good and faithful!!
Days 1 & 2
Team Africa came together at Dulles in Washington, D.C. Friday Nov 1. With 8 team members spanning from Canada, Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania, 18 checked backs and 8 carry on we boarded a plane bound for South Africa. 18 hours later we were safe on the ground and somewhat wilted! Checked into the Aviator hotel in South Africa for the nite . Met for dinner and a team Meeting. We began the "word of the day" Grateful, thankful, priceless, spiritually rejuvenating, friendships, teamwork were some of the highlights. Tomorrow we take our last flight into Zambia. Our schedule is packed and we know God has a lot planned for us. Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers. I will post as I can and have
Melissa and team Africa!