Zambia Part One – The Team

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Before the trip, I didn’t know many of the people on the team very well.  In fact, I didn’t even know some of their names!  But after spending ten days with them on this incredible journey, I’ve grown to love each of them.

The Adults – Seth, Jessica, Chip, Stephanie, Melissa, and sometimes Casie 😉

What a fun group!  This group provided the perfect combination of chaperoning, nurturing, leading, and supporting.  Together, we counted heads approximately 500 times to make sure we had everyone with us at all times.  We provided food, especially to hungry teenage boys!  We passed around hand sanitizer constantly.  We laughed.  We shared.  We nudged the teens when they needed it, but mostly we went alongside them as they jumped in and served.  I feel like I’ve made some great friends, and feel blessed to have shared this experience with this group.

The Teens – Keegan, Dalton, Camille, Libby, Liz, Jane, Amber, and sometimes Casie 😉

These young people are nothing less than remarkable!  I was thoroughly impressed by each of them.  In ten days, I never heard bickering or arguing.  I never heard harsh words being spoken.  Instead, I saw this group love one another.  I saw them share everything they had – food, clothing, gum, drinks, money… I watched them treat each other with respect.  I watched them be silly together.  I watched them pray, sing, and worship together.  I witnessed their vulnerable moments when they shared about the experiences they were having from day to day.  I saw them eagerly help with preparing meals or help with the dishes afterward.  And best of all, I saw them being fully immersed in the mission of this trip.  They served in primitive villages.  They played with school children.  They built relationships with the college students in the Christian Leadership Development (CLD) team.  They excitedly shared American treats – skittles, gummies, m&m’s, and gum.  They taught them how to play frisbee.  They played soccer with them.  They sang and danced with pre-schoolers.  They conducted themselves in a very Christlike manner throughout the entire trip, and I couldn’t be more proud of them!

We had so many laughs on this trip.  As time went on, our list of memorable moments just kept growing.  If you know the team members, you’ll have to ask them to explain the following to you…

Some favorite things:

Chip/Terry

Andy/Adam/Anthony

Gary

It was a joke, Amber!

Remember when we…

This macaroni and cheese is so good!

We need three moms on every trip.

Rhakeem!

Oh my stars, y’all!

Quattro

Kangaroo!

Ay-ya, Ay-ya, Ay-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya

As an introvert, I fully expected to have a difficult time being surrounded by people all day, everyday for ten days.  Surprisingly, I not only enjoyed every minute of my time with this team, but I woke up this morning feeling lonely without them.  I missed seeing them today and can’t wait to see them again soon!  I look forward to continuing the relationships that budded during this trip.

Seth, Jessica, Chip, Stephanie, Casie, Camille, Keegan, Dalton, Liz, Jane, Libby, Shea and Amber, thank you for making this trip so great!  I love you all!

 

 

About Beautifully Polarized

Life is ever changing. God is working in me more everyday. He has blessed me with a husband who is my best friend in every aspect of life, and three children who teach me about life and love everyday. He has blessed me further with friends who help me get through the rough days, and laugh with me on the good days. And, I believe He gave me the best mom a girl could ask for. He has also given me trials so that I can grow into the person He intended me to be. Walking with Him makes life in this world bearable.

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