Well, it is hard to believe but our time here in Macha is just about up. Today we spent our last full day in this community. For some of us, it may be the last time to visit here, for others maybe not! One thing is for sure, we have enjoyed our time here and the fellowship with our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. We certainly will come home with lots of new friends, memories, and lessons learned.
Today started with some time spent together in prayer, singing, and then encouragement of one another, as we shared about the things we saw in our team mates over the last 2 weeks. One thing we as Christians can always do more of is encourage, and in a team setting like this especially its important for others to know they are appreciated, and that they are doing a great job! We each also shared our favorite Bible verses, and shared some stand-out moments from the trip up to this point.
After team time, some of us went to the market, others to the local dam, and others rested for a bit before lunch. After lunch we piled into a pick up and drove to our last school we’d be visiting on this trip. As is the common theme, we were not exactly sure what to expect, other than some kind of soccer ministry and kids. Well, we got just that! We ended up with about 200 kids on the soccer field, many of which were just there to take in the spectacle! One of our team shared his testimony, and we were very grateful for the several teachers who really pitched in to help us, including in translating.
We played a few rousing rounds of ‘Head it, Catch it,’ until we had a winner, which was lots of fun! This game always manages to bring out the cheers and laughter. After that, we split up and played a mini tournament-one for the girls, and one for the boys. It was certainly a challenge, but it was fun, and the students had a great time, while we also got to share with them the real reason we had come.
Then it was straight back to the dorm to gear up for our final friendly match of our time in Zambia. With many tired legs, and a few minor injuries, our team mustered up the energy and encouraged each other to a 2-0 victory. It was a fun way to end our time here in Macha, as we shook hands and talked with the other team,there were smiles all around. The team has been great, and it has been a real joy to get to know our Zambian brothers who have joined our team for the last couple weeks.
After dinner, it was time to pack and prepare for our relatively early departure tomorrow. We are making time,though, to take in one more sunrise before we leave tomorrow morning!
We are excited to see friends and family at home, but sad at the same time to have to say good bye here. Tomorrow we’ll head to Livingstone to see Victoria Falls and some of God’s wonderful animals He put on this earth! We should have some internet access, so we’ll be keeping contact with you all! Some new pictures are up at www.facebook.com/pushtherock
Good night from Zambia!