6 Days – Supplies
I have been really blessed to have so many of my supplies provided by others for the project. I am no stranger to camping and enjoy the great outdoors. The biggest problem is that my great outdoors historically has been the Rocky Mountains, not the Zambezi River Valley. Therefore, much of my gear is a bit useless in this situation. I am very grateful to the Many people who have provided items and/or funds for me to acquire the things I need. Thank you.
As I was thinking about my supplies today, I thought I would share a little about what I will be taking and more about the camping side of the project:
- Clothing: The seasons will be changing from Winter into Spring there. The days will be very warm, while the nights will cool off considerably. I will wear mostly jeans, shorts, and lightweight shirts. We will wear lightweight pants and long-sleeved shirts in the evenings and mornings while at the camp to protect against bugs. More important is the need for a good hat, safari vest, and quality hiking boot. Camouflage is illegal in Zimbabwe, so we are careful to not wear even a stitch of it anywhere.
- Food: We will pick up some of our food in Bulawayo, but we will take as much food as space allows with us from home. One reason for this is that we may have difficulties adjusting to some of the local food and not be able to eat enough to maintain energy. More likely, we will find it difficult to eat around children and families who have not eaten a meal in days. For these reasons, we will take snacks and high protein type foods (granola bars, canned meats, etc.) to eat in the evenings and mornings while at camp.
- Water: All we will use water for is to drink. We will take backpack style water bladders and fill them up throughout the day. Plus, we will have small containers of water to use at camp. We do not shave or bathe with water while in”The Bush”. We will use moistened towels mostly, unless we are blessed to camp near a natural hot spring.
- Camping: Many of our camping supplies are waiting for us in Africa. Our expedition starts at the home of a safari hunter around Bulawayo. There, we will stock up on our fresh food, water, and camping gear, and connect with our ground transportation. We will sleep in Hennessy Hammocks, much like what is pictured below. These are much more comfortable than they appear, and they add a measure of safety by allowing us to sleep above the reach of many animals.
- Ministry: We will take many items that we will leave there with the people. This year, we will be taking soccer balls, pumps, and jerseys to give away to the people in conjunction with the soccer tournaments we will help host. As well, we bring balloons and suckers for the children and their families. We also bring many items to the safari hunter we visit, like car parts, batteries, food items, tools. We will take a few copies of the English Bible, but only the young men know much English and Tonga Bibles are very difficult to find. When we get to Africa, we will also purchase medicines and other health supplies for the people and the pastors. And we will all have our own bibles, journals for noting events and thoughts, and cameras to record as any of the sights and sounds as we can.
As you can see, it takes a lot to be apart of such a great opportunity. This morning I was reading the story of David’s retaliation against the Amalekites in 1 Samuel, Chapter 30. The story notes that several of his men did not go all the way into battle against the Amalekites, but stayed back with the supplies. Those who actually fought did not want to share the spoils of the victory with the ones who stayed behind. Yet, David was quick to recognize their service as equal to those who participated in the battle, and instructed that they would have equal share of the spoils. The same holds true for this mission. For those who have given anything, whether time or resources, they have just as much to gain as I do. All that God does while in Zimbabwe, and for generations afterwards, will be your success as well. It is not just five men going to the Tonga people with the Gospel, but it is thousands of us through giving and prayer. Thank you again for your obedience to God. Know that I am excited to come back and share what God does through all of us in the Tongaland of Zimbabwe.
Mushale kavotu, remain well.