Zambia Trip Update – 2.4.20

After a very restful, and very needed night of sleep for most of the team, day two started off by finishing a walk-through of the course in daylight for the first time. We then joined the local Zambians slashing the high grass on some holes. In Zambia, most grass cutting is completely done with manual labor using slashers, so as you can imagine, the locals were much more efficient with the cutting than the team. Nonetheless, most of the fairways were completely mowed and we will go to work deciding which holes can have long pads. A lot of the players here are getting really good and definitely need more of a challenge!

While we worked on the course, Chris Rodriguez and a local crew worked together to prepare for building the baskets.  This included a lot of planning, collaborating, and bending metal.  Thankfully the work went well, and everyone is feeling great about the process for the days to come.  We are not sure how many baskets will be finished by Saturday, but we are optimistic we will get a number built and installed!

After enjoying lunch together, the team got a chance to finally play the course for the first time. Witnessing our staff member Wilborn and his amazing forehand lines wowed many of us. Once we finished, it was time for kids to start showing up for the afterschool program which Wilborn leads nearly every weekday. Around 50 kids showed up, and we broke up into groups and went out with the kids to play. Many of them are very excited and preparing for the Friday juniors tournament where they can win a spot into the Zambia Open. One of the best moments was watching Wilborn share his devotional with the kids before the disc golf round asking them the question we receive in Proverbs 4, are we following the light, or heading towards darkness?  Wilborn is not only a great disc golf player, but he is great at building relationships and sharing the love of Christ.

A highlight of the night was hearing from Eric and Corie Thuma.  They shared the history of Push The Rock in Zambia, their ministry for philosophy, and what the future holds.  All of us already recognize how special this place is, and it was great to hear how God put the pieces together to make it happen.  Tomorrow we will continue work on the course, look to add some additional tees, continue working on the basket building, and spend more time teaching disc golf in the afternoon.


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