LISA: Let’s start at the top. What impressed you most with the people?FARREL: I was impressed with the friendliness of the people we met. Martin and Grace, leaders of the church in Mongu, were so hospitable. They fed us dinner for three nights and insured we felt at home. When anyone new came into the room, they always stopped and greeted us.
LISA: What about the highlights?FARREL: The boat cruise was incredible. We saw an elephant up close and it was amazing to watch him eat and use his trunk to slap the grass against his sides. The game drive and animals were also a highlight as well as high tea at Victoria Falls Hotel. It was a very special way to celebrate my birthday.
LISA: And the most difficult part of the trip?
FARREL: The scariest part of the trip was when we had to drive at night.
LISA: What touched you the most about the people in regards to ministry?
FARREL: How they praised God. They were full of movement when they sang. Their clapping and dancing expressed such an excitement for God. You could see their love for God in their eyes even when I couldn’t understand the words.
LISA: Anything else that made an impression on you?
FARREL: We went to a traditional, village wedding and it was very unique. When I first walked in and saw the bride and groom’s depressed demeanor, I thought they’d had a fight. They looked so unhappy. Then I learned that it was tradition to not smile. Instead, the bride and groom had to bow their heads and appear sad. In the past the girls would be taken away from their family by the groom on the day of the wedding not knowing anything about it. The sad demeanor was a part of the tradition. It was a very strange thing to view.
LISA: What was most surprising to you on the trip?
FARREL: The night in the village, when we camped out, wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. Still, we had no running water, no electricity, and no toilet facilities. They had rigged a shower and hung up blankets around it in a circle where we could stand on rocks and wash. The stars that night, though, were unbelievable.
SANDY: Without a doubt. I was so impressed with the stars and to see the southern hemisphere and with its brilliance was incredible.
LISA: Thank you so much for sharing. I know that a number of people have told me how much they’ve enjoyed following your journey.
Camping out in Zimbabwe. Issac, the man standing in the background, sleeps in the fields at night to protect his crops from elephants.