Lusaka! Our Feast site

Trip Start Mar 29, 2017
Trip End Apr 21, 2017

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Radisson Blu

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

I got up at 3:45 am today to prepare my emails to Chris Rowland. Seconds after I send him copy and photos he responds.  I'm up in the AM, he’s up at night.

Gracious picks us up at 7 am for the airport and we set up off on our milk run of Lilongwe and Harare for Zambia.  We’re in three countries in the space of three hours: Malawi, Zimbabwe and Zambia.

I look over the skies over these depressed and impoverished lands.  The sky and clouds that God has created are beautiful and majestic.  What man has done below is deplorable.

The airports in both Lilongwe have no other aircraft at the terminals.  This shows the level of economic activity.  Not good.  But, Zambia is a bit different.  There seems to be a bit more activity and oomph than in the other two countries. 

We got off the small prop-jet quickly.  We already had our visa and since there were few passengers and we had a double entry visa, we got through immigration quickly, picked up our luggage quickly and sailed through customs quickly and on to the street.

I phoned Major Talama to just pick us at the curb.  No need to park the car and get us.  This was for everyone’s convenience. Well, that was a mistake!  In the US, you can freely pick people up at the curb after they claim their luggage. We did the same here. Major, along with his wife Felicia were right there to stop at the curb.  In goes our luggage and of airport.  But, not quite!  We are stopped at the final payment center and were told that it would cost him $20.  Why?  All he did was pick us at the curb and didn’t even use the parking lot.  Whoaaa!  What Major did was VIP parking.  Picking me up at the curb, no big deal, was a "special" act for VIPS.  $20!  No compromise.  Another glorious opportunity for extraction when international travelers are spotted.

It’s 2:30 PM and while we were going to go to the Church property where the Feast is held. This was scheduled for the next day, but I asked that we go right now.  We feel great.  Alert. The Feast site is relatively close to the airport.  So, off we go to the Verino site.

It was such a joyous moment for Bev and me to step on our Feast property again!  We were not able to use it from 2011 to 2016 and it brought back happy moments from the time that had here for the Feast of Tabernacles before this time.

We walked over the entire property. It had gone downhill through neglect and lack of maintenance. We walked through the shower blocks, tenting area, meeting area, sports area and some of the new dorms that were going to be built for Youth

Dusk is settling and it gets quite dark very quickly. Major brought us to our hotel and we settled in. At 6:00 pm we have dinner scheduled with friends we had not seen in six years.  We went out with them to one of our favorite places in Lusaka, the Marlin Restaurant at the Lusaka Club. We had a lively discussion until almost 10 pm.   
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Imelda Talain on

I'm so amazed with your stamina, excitement and enthusiasm after traveling for so many days. God must have given you these. Praying always for ur safety. God be with u!

Imelda Talain on

I'm so amazed with your stamina, excitement and enthusiasm after traveling for so many days. God must have given you these. Praying always for ur safety. God be with u!

gayle_hoefker on

Thanks for the photos of the property. With a little paint and a little Christian elbow grease, the place will be ship shape in no time.

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