Thursday, June 24, 2010

Chanter's Lodge

Chanter's Lodge in Livingstone was our favorite place to relax and get refreshed. The food is fantastic and the rooms are great, but the best feature of Chanter's Lodge is the owner Richard Chanter. He became a dear friend and helped us many times with trips to the airport, parking for our vehicle when we were out of the country, and assisting countless Namwianga guests during their sightseeing stays in Livingstone. We spent our last night in Zambia at Chanter's Lodge.

Richard was recently interviewed and featured on Ben Reed's travel blog. I think you'll enjoy getting to know him through this article.

Richard is on Twitter and finds great information and quotes about Africa that we appreciate. Today's gem is a quote: “If you only visit two continents in your lifetime - visit Africa – twice” (R. Elliot)

Friday, June 11, 2010

Guest Blog

A group from Harding University's speech pathology program is at Namwianga for a few weeks. Director Beckie Weaver wrote this blog about Webster, who was our security guard and now watches over the house where Dr. Weaver and her students are staying.

The first year that Sara (Shock) , Dan (Tullos) and I came to Zambia (2008) to scout the place out. We were advised by many who had been here before not to rent a car. We didn’t listen and we rented a car. We were also advised by many who had been here before not to drive after dark. We did listen and we did NOT drive after dark. There are many reasons not to drive at night here. 1) Lots of people walk at night and you can’t see them very clearly, 2) there are very few street lights, 3) there are many who are drunk and unstable as they walk in the darkness and they can stumble into your path, and 4) there might be animals in the dark!!!

Last year (2009), I had to drive in the dark once or twice out here on Namwianga property and I had to drive a short distance in Livingstone in the dark. I survived but it was a hair raising experience.

This year I have already been driving around in the dark like I have good sense. First, I drove the whole group out to Victoria Falls and back to the hotel in the dark. Then, tonight we had a situation. Webster, our night watchman was ill. I am not sure exactly what the illness was but he had already visited the clinic and received a couple of kinds of medicine then was back on our porch shaking and obviously in pain. I told him that he should go back home if he was ill and he said, “No, Madame. I can not ride my bicycle.” I could not let him sit there in pain so I asked him where he lived. He said in Kalomo and I said we are taking you home. So I rounded up Dan and Ian, we put Webster and his bicycle in the back of Khaki Jackie and we headed to Kaloma. At 7:45 at night. In the dark. In Zambia. We had to stop once for him to be ill but we plodded all the way to Kalomo. Then we had to get to his house, In the back roads behind the hospital. As he was telling me to turn left and turn right on dirt lanes with NO street lights I was wondering how we would be able to find out way out. As if reading my mind, Webster said, “Madame, when we get to my house my brother will ride back with you to the hospital to show you the way back and then he can ride the bicycle home.” And that is exactly what happened but first Webster had to take off his boots so that his brother could have a pair of shoes to ride on the bicycle in the dark. They share a pair of boots.

So, I drove for about an hour in the dark tonight and discovered that I am wealthy beyond measure because I don’t need to share my shoes with anyone.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Road Trip

We spent last weekend traveling with Mark and Michele Broadway to Fort Worth and then on to Russellville, Arkansas. Our first stop on Friday night was the graduation ceremony at Fort Worth Christian High School, where we were proud to watch Daniel Calder recognized. Daniel is the son of Rod and Sue Calder who run the Seven Fountains orphanage adjacent to Namwianga. Daniel came to the US in January to live with hosts David and Karan Bridgwater and to spend a semester studying at Fort Worth Christian and experiencing life in America. Daniel seems to have had a great time and has had some wonderful experiences. The Bridgwaters, veterans of many Zambia Medical Missions, hosted a brunch for Daniel on Saturday morning where we got to visit with Ellie Hamby. Ellie is headed to Zambia this week, so we sent letters, instructions, and packages with her to deliver at Namwianga.

Then on Saturday afternoon we traveled to Russellville, a beautiful town in northwestern Arkansas. The West Side congregation supports several ministries at Namwianga, including the orphanage, the sponsorship program, and the bicycle evangelists. They were having a Mission Emphasis Sunday and invited David to preach on Sunday morning about the work at Namwianga. It was a joy to connect with several who have been to Namwianga in the past and to meet many new people who share a love for the work in Zambia.