This evening we made it to Zimbabwe. We’d spent Sunday night on the plane, Monday night in Dubai, and now here (tomorrow night we’ll be in a different hotel as well).
I already love it here. It’s beautiful – a little wind and perfect temps today. It varies between lush green and desert dry, but it looks just like you grow up thinking Africa looks – the flatter topped trees, sunsets that looks like the sky burst into flames. We got in this evening, but took a van to the hotel before it was dark – I couldn’t get any photos that were able to show how beautiful it is. Soon! This is one I got from the van on our way to the hotel.
It reminds me a lot of India here – especially how it smells. Like – kind of a sweet incense mixed with different odors. Not bad, not good, just familiar. It’s odd how 11 years later I can still remember that smell. We went out to dinner with the World Vision Zimbabwe team, the people who live and work here. We were able to hear and talk to the CEO of the Zimbabwe branch, as well as other staff. They were so amazingly wonderful, after just a quick round of introductions we jumped into conversation on maternal and infant health, our own stories, what they specifically do here – like we’ve all known each other for years.
The next two days we will be in orientations before we head out to the communities further away. We’ll be learning about World Vision’s heart for the pregnant/nursing mama’s here and their babies. I see many women here babywearing along the roads, baskets on their heads, and I wonder if they’re child will be one of the lucky ones who lives past the age of 5.
I wish I didn’t know that kind of pain, but I’m determined to make sure less women go through that here.
I had 4 hours of sleep last night and a few minutes on the 9 hour plane ride to here, so I’m pretty done. We have a big day tomorrow, and I’m already in bed and writing this.
If you’d like to have something specific to pray for (My sweet friend Rebecca always asks me this), please pray for me to stay healthy, focused on the information given, and to have a teachable heart and mind.
I’m really, really glad I came on this trip.