This marks the final post for our Zimbabwe mission trip as we took time to process what we had experienced thus far and prepared ourselves for the journey home.
After taking a day to do a bit of souvenir shopping and catch up on emails from home, we set out to the village of Chegutu, the place where our kids were from. As we hopped out of the van, we were greeted by a multitude of smiling faces, many of whom we had seen the week before. The children were gathered for an assembly at Pastor Erasmus’ school. Our team had the privilege of seeing the children recite various poems and verses they had memorized as well as give performances of various songs and dances they rehearsed. Our group sat back and marveled at how well each child did. Soon, it was our turn to sing. We hoped to give a taste of camp for the kids that weren’t able to join us in the week. Many of the kids joined us at the front to belt out some of their favorites!
After the gathering, we then took a tour of the local village, and got to see some of the homes. I was moved by seeing the conditions of this town. These children’s lives look very different than my own growing up, and I am thanking that they have loving, Godly leaders locally that seek to give every one of these kids whatever they need to succeed. A highlight for many in our group was seeing David’s home. He gave a tour of his home and we spotted all of the crafts he created during our week with him. I’m so thankful to have been able to meet David and to be able to see a glimpse of his life!
After our tour, we said our “see you laters” and took a few pictures to commemorate the moment. It will be hard to leave them all behind!
Our final portion of the trip was at Pamuzinda Safari Lodge, were we spent our remaining days reflecting on our experience and focusing on what ways God may be working on us. It is important for us to not let our experience fizzle out once we return home. In addition to this reflection time, we took advantage of the many activities the facility offered. This included a sunset safari tour, a horseback riding adventure, and an elephant encounter! We also took moments to hang out with the resident giraffe, Jasmine, who frequently roamed on the main lodge grounds and dined on the trees and the feed provided by the lodge.
At the airport, we were surprised to see ALL of the local leaders for one last ‘See you Later’ before boarding our flight back home. We are very thankful to see such amazing people leading in God’s great work. They have been amazing to work with and know that they all have big things ahead of them.
We just wanted to say thank you for all of your prayers and support throughout our trip. We certainly have needed them and have felt them continuously. Going into all of this, I didn’t know what to expect. I was anxious to see what will come of the trip. I now know that Zimbabwe is in the hands of many leaders that God has appointed: Leaders that have learned over the years the God is in control no matter what circumstances may bring. I pray that those leaders continue God’s great work and that God blesses everyone we had the pleasure to meet. I pray that God will look out for the children that still have many needs ahead of them. I pray for changes in the country at large that affect the lives of all of its residents. Finally, I pray for all of the team members, that God would continue to work in us and reveal to us his plan to use our experiences for his good.
I will certainly miss everyone, and I look forward to the time we meet them again.