Thursday, July 14, 2016

Zambia - Saturday and Sunday

Saturday, June 25th 
This year we stayed at a hotel called Latitude 15.  Camp Life was so full that there was not room for us at the Villas on the Family Legacy property.  We were so blessed to be able to stay in such a cute, fun little boutique hotel.  I loved all of the decorations, and the staff was so sweet to us!

After we unpacked a little, we headed down to dinner.  We had a special room with a long table where we could all eat together.  The food was really good all week, too.

At dinner, we discussed a little bit about what the week would look like, and Tia gave us each a word associated with an attribute of God.  She asked us to share the word with our teacher this week and to be looking together for ways we see God demonstrating that attribute.  My word was "faithful".  The verse was, "The faithful love of the Lord never ends!  His mercies never cease.  Great is his faithfulness, his mercies begin afresh each morning."  Lamentations 3:22 - 23  After dinner, we crawled into bed exhausted from traveling but excited about the week ahead.   

Sunday, June 26th 
On Sunday, we went to the Tree of Life for church.  It is always great to hear their beautiful voices as they worship Jesus, singing in Nyanja.  Their service is full of singing, dancing, and praising Jesus.  It is vibrant and full of joy!

After church, we had lunch and went shopping at the market.  I bought a few things and had a chance to see Teacher Edna (from 2013) who was selling things at her booth at the market.

I also saw several of my students from 2013.  It was a great feeling to hear that they recognized me, and it was so good to give them hugs! 

 We left the Tree of Life around 2:00 and headed back to our hotel to have a meeting and prepare for our first day of teaching.  We then had a delicious dinner, which Amanda and Kathryn got to join us for.  It was so good to see them!  After most of the group left, Diana, Tia, Allison, Kathryn, Amanda, and I ordered ice cream and sat out on the couch in the lobby talking and laughing.  I even ended up showing Amanda the Bumble dating app.  We laughed at the few Zambian men on it and then were surprised to find a few to "swipe right" on who were living in Lusaka or visiting.  (I nearly died laughing the next day when my phone buzzed and it showed a match with Shaun, one of the guys we swiped right on.  Unfortunately, he never responded to my message, but we had a good laugh about it.)  I loved spending time with the girls.  It brought my heart so much joy!  I love those girls so much!

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