This morning we woke to a beautiful sunrise and a cloudless African sky! After breakfast we met for some reflection time. We then prayed as a team and said goodbye to Kasama and started our journey to the Copperbelt province of Ndola
and Luanysha. The plane was tiny (our own private jet) and the ride was bumpy and choppy but we all made it safely to our destination!
We arrived at Annie’s Guest House in Luanysha. The team from last year had the wonderful opportunity of meeting Annie and hearing about her mission. She is a very young smart lady that rescues girls from a life of sex slavery and prostitution.
These young girls have been trapped in a life where they have been told they have no value other than selling themselves for sex. Some of these girls are as young as 12. She has an admirable calling.
We had a very chaotic unpacking and repacking of the 20 suitcases that were ground shipped when we arrived in Lusaka 4 days ago. It was quite the sight but all is ready to distribute to the various hospitals and our mobile clinics are ready to roll and all kinds of goodies for the orphans and village children. We have a very amazing dinner prepared by the staff and thoroughly enjoyed it!!!! Our rooms are comfortable…Linda’s and my room even have larger than life mosquito spiders…I’m told that’s a good thing :) Anyone who knows me knows I HATE SPIDERS!!!
We have a scheduled appointment with the mayor of Luanysha tomorrow followed by a visit to Tompson and Roan hospitals to follow up with the staff regarding our teaching of last year. It is important for us to measure the outcomes of our teaching and help encourage them to continue teaching the Helping Babies Breathe program to other birth attendants. It should be a full day tomorrow. Good nite!
Melissa and Team Africa