Kent and Elder Bingham behind the baptismal font at the Lilanda Branch. Water is always an issue in Africa and more than once a baptism will have to be put on hold because there just isn't water to fill the font. It is a challenge we continually have to work with.
Musa in his home in Lilanda.
L-R: Sister Bingham, Musa, Kent, Elder Bingham
We were sad that Musa's mother was gone to the market when we visited and we really wanted her to meet Kent and Melanie. We stopped nearby to visit the church and Rebecca and her friend, Alice, came walking by. We were so happy to see them. Rebecca had a load of greens on her head. They don't look heavy but she took them down while we visited, then I helped her put them back up on her head to go home and they were really quite heavy. The women here don't think anything of carrying whatever they need to on their heads.
L-R: Elder Bingham, Melanie, Rebecca, Sister Bingham, Alice
Elder and Sister Bingham and Melanie in front of our apartment complex in Lusaka
Sister Teki manages the Distribution Store for Zambia and Malawi. She is an amazing woman and does a great job with a very small space to work with. Her granddaughter, Hannah, is currently serving a mission in the Salt Lake Mission and has been so worried about her. We brought Kent and Melanie to meet Sister Teki and to reassure her that Hannah will be just fine in Utah. Sister Teki is a good friend of ours and we love her very much. She has raised her two granddaughters from just tiny little girls after their mother died and Hannah is a missionary and Grace is engaged to be married to a fine returned missionary, Ben Chikopa, who is also the district clerk.
Melanie really wanted to see some African wildlife so he drove out to the Chimanuka Game Preserve not far out of Lusaka. They were here such a short time we didn't have time to travel to the big game preserves but this one was fun and we enjoyed the day. The weather had been so very, very hot and we had warned Kent and Melanie, but the day they came in it rained and the weather cooled down so nicely. On the game drive, we even had to wear out jackets. Was quite refreshing from the hot weather we have been having.
L-R: Melanie, Kent, Stan, Sharon
We love the zebras. They are such a pretty animal and no two are alike.
Nothing pretty about the hyena but they do have a purpose in the scheme of life and keeping a balance in the wild.
We enjoyed this big lizard.
There were many ostrich in the Chamunuka park.
The giraffes are just majestic. We love to see those graceful animals.
Kent and Melanie in their Safari Vehicle
Stanley and Sharon
After our drive, we went back to the restaurant at the Game Preserve and had lunch. We had been told it was very good and our friends were right. The serving table looked like a work of art and the meal was delicious.
Kent and Melanie on the well manicured grounds surrounding the Hotel and Restaurant at the Chamunuka Game Preserve.