Final Zambia Trip Update We are home August 5, 2013

After two flights and a layover in South Africa, the team arrived safely into New York City yesterday, and then back to PTR headquarters in Emmaus, PA.

Thank you for all your prayers and interest in the team, we couldn’t have done it with out you all!  More pictures from our team’s time in Zambia will be on our Facebook page soon!

Tuyobonana,

The team

Zambia Trip Update #14 August 2, 2013

Our time in Zambia has come to a close.  We are enjoying our last evening together in the beautiful country and shortly will be heading to bed.

The day began as we got up before the sunrise to make it to the game park for a little safari in the cool of the morning.  We saw lots of different animals as there were plenty of impala, monkeys, baboons, and wart hogs to be seen, and we also got to see zebra, cape buffalo and giraffe, with a few other animals in there too. Though we were sad not to see the elephants, it was a great time together enjoying the natural, wild beauty of His creation.

It was then time for a trip to the souvenir market.  Let’s just say that this is an experience that really hones ones bartering skills, in that the first price vendors ask for is usually double or triple a ‘good’ price!  Anyway, the team enjoyed the challenge and interactions, as all the vendors are more than happy to get to know their customer before making any sales.  They also love to trade things as well, so many of us carried extra tee shirts, socks, or even pens and gum to help get a better deal.  At the end of the day all were fairly satisfied with their purchases that will serve as gifts for friends and supporters at home, but also serve as reminders to their time here.

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Ready for our last supper together in Zambia

A final trip to the grocery store was also needed to load up on Zambian favorites like Cadbury chocolate, Roibos tea, and peanut butter!

As we will be off to the airport tomorrow morning, this will be the last update from Zambia.   We have been so blessed to have had this time together as a team, but also blessed to have had such amazing people here in Zambia join us along the way.  Thank you for all the love, prayers, and support.  We are sad to say goodbye, but thrilled to come home to the many people that made this whole trip possible for each of us.

See you soon!

Atuyandane.

The Team

Zambia Trip Update #13 August 1, 2013

We arrived safely in Livingstone after saying our goodbyes this morning.  The trip was about 3.5 hours, most of the team slept for the ride.  After checking into our lodging, we stopped for a quick lunch and then headed to the mighty and impressive Victoria Falls, which happens to be one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World.  Needless to say, it’s breath taking even this time of year when there isn’t much water flowing in the Zambezi River that spills over it.

We were able to hike to the bottom of the gorge as well, which was some nice added exercise!  It also added some excitement as baboons blocked our path a couple times.  Several of us were able to get pictures of us literally walking with in a few feet of them as they ‘guarded’ the path.  They weren’t to interested in us but obviously knew they were in charge.

All the walking made us hungry so we enjoyed pizza for dinner, followed by an ice cream cone at the local bakery!  We are now getting ready for bed because tomorrow we have an early start as we head to the game park to see as many animals as possible.Photo0436

It’s special to get the opportunity to see these parts of God’s beauty that some of us may never see again!

Good night for now,

The team