We have had two interesting days in Zambia as we saw very nice living conditions yesterday in a home in Lusaka and the exact opposite today in the bush outside of the city. We celebrated African Freedom Day yesterday with an enjoyable afternoon at the home of Judith, the head nurse at Beit Cure International Hospital where the students spent part of their clinical time. Judith and her family have a very nice home and they welcomed us with open arms (literally!). She also invited other staff from the hospital, which made the afternoon extra special.
Today we traveled to Mwembezhi to see the first Lutheran church (Martin Luther) established in Zambia in the 1950s, as well as the rural health clinic where Professor Carey spent three years serving as a nurse. According to Professor Carey, the road conditions have improved greatly from what they were, but the last several miles of the trip were on a very bumpy, dusty road.
The rural clinic is very busy, serving more than 2,000 people every month. They offer care for pregnant women, infants and children, and medicines for HIV patients, among other healthcare services. Professor Carey enjoyed seeing so many familiar faces from her time at the clinic.
After a tour of the clinic by Jackson Kalekwa, clinical officer, we took a short walk down the road to see the homes where Professor Carey and the missionaries lived. Now the clinic is completely run by local Zambians and the homes are rented to local people as well. We then walked in the opposite direction to the home of Grey and Catherine Bili who prepared an authentic African lunch for us. The home was small, but Catherine creatively arranged the room and table so that our large group fit inside comfortably for the meal. The hospitality was unbeatable!
We will be wrapping up our trip this weekend with a blood pressure screening on the seminary grounds tomorrow morning and then taking a driving tour of Lusaka.
A trip to a local market is scheduled for Saturday morning and in the afternoon we will be attending the graduation of the ten seminary students.
On Sunday morning we will travel to one of Pastor Wendland’s bush churches for the service before returning to Lusaka in the afternoon and packing our bags for an early departure for the airport on Monday morning. After a layover in London on Monday night, we will be back in the United States on Tuesday afternoon.
I hope all of the readers have enjoyed keeping up with our trip as much as I have enjoyed sharing the stories through this blog. The students will definitely have many things to share, countless pictures to show, and souvenirs that will remain as keepsakes. However, their best remembrances of the trip will be the memories they will always keep with them of their time in the special country of Zambia.
Thank you for your support and prayers. God’s blessings to you from Lusaka, Zambia.