Zambia update…7.22.15

Our last day in Macha was a good one!

For the first half of the day, some of the team went to the school we had been working at last week to help work on some child sponsorship programs, and the rest went back to the local dam to test out a new water filtration system. There is another team coming to visit Push The Rock Zambia in August, and part of their mission is to provide simple but effective water filters to people who need them.  So, in order to do some advance preparation, the Zambia team wanted to do some ‘research,’ and we were happy to be along to help and see how it all worked!  The filter really was simple and easy to set up, and it turned the very dirty water from the dam into potable water within minutes.  Most of us enjoyed a refreshing drink from the now clean water.  It would be interesting to be here in August when there is more done with this program, but for now we were just happy to be part of the preparation.

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After lunch we all piled into the two Push The Rock Zambia vehicles to head to Kalisowe for our final game.  It was about a 15-20 minute drive into the bush, but it was sure worth it.  By the end of the game, there were a couple hundred men, women, and children there.  They were busy laughing, clapping, cheering…just enjoying the game!  They also stormed the field each when we scored, which was lots of fun.  We won 2-0, but it was just a neat experience for all of us, not something we will ever experience in the USA to say the least!

After the game, Boyd shared a bit in Tonga with all those who were there, and we closed in prayer.  Of course we had to take a photo with the other team too.  One really cool thing was after the game, an older gentleman wanted to share something with us.  He mostly wanted to thank us for coming to play against them, but also to thank the ladies on our team for proving that girls and women can indeed play soccer!  Nice job ladies on our team 🙂

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Back home for the night and after supper, we put together a camp fire and ate s’mores, teaching our Zambian contingent all the key aspects of how to make one just right!  They loved them too.  We enjoyed multiple rounds of Mafia as we sat around the fire, but then decided tomorrow will be an early start, especially for those planning to see the sunrise before leaving Macha at 7am.

Hard to believe our time in Macha has come to an end.  It has been a great time, but we also look forward to doing some sightseeing in Livingstone.  Thank you all for praying and following our journey!  We’ll see you soon back in the USA, but first, Victoria Falls and a safari!

The Team

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