Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving!

For Thanksgiving this year, Stacie and I traveled 6 hours south of Francistown to a town called Lobatse to celebrate with this wonderful group of people. We had a great time eating, watching football (pre-recorded of course), and playing mexican train dominoes.

Here's Charissa sporting a grand score of 77 on "Big Red"

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Day after Thanksgiving festivities

So here we are in Shawna's house getting ready to put up a Christmas tree. Apparently putting together a tree is fairly painless. We had letters on each branch to guide us through.

Here's the finished product. Not too shabby.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Selepa Community Junior Secondary School

Allow me to introduce you to all the students we've been teaching over the last year. The number-letter combination represents their class name. The number tells which Form (grade) they are in, but the letter doesn't really have any significance. Form 1 is the equivalent to 8th grade and Form 2 to 9th grade.

1C 1D - one of my favorite classes

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1F 2A

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2D - this class always had lots of questions

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2F - another one of my favorite classes

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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

"Pula ya na" - It's raining!!!

You may be thinking "it's raining, so what?" but here rain is a precious thing. Unfortunately things get a little crazy when it does rain. This is the front of our house. The water is completely covering what is supposed to be gravel
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Monday, November 20, 2006

Getaway 2006, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

At the beginning of November, we were blessed to be a part of a retreat for missionaries all over Southern Africa sponsored by the Christian Hospitality Network. The agenda for the 3 days was rest, relaxation, and FUN!!! We were given vouchers for different activities that could be traded in for different activities around if so desired. Some were more mellow options and some were for adrenaline junkies. I chose adrenaline.

This is the hotel we stayed at. It was absolutely beautiful!

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Here's the view from the chopper. The water level at the Falls is extremely low right now but if the water level was high, the Falls would cover the whole length of the first picture

At the top left of this picture where the gorge bends is where the next adventure took place

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So one of the options of activities was what they call a half-day adrenaline rush which involved throwing ourselves off a cliff not once, but three different times. It was fantastic! Here's the view from our launching point. I guess if you're going to jump off a cliff it should be a pretty one!
Here we go...can you tell we're nervous? Here's Kelly going superman style - this one was called the "Flying Fox"
Stacie going about 60 mph down a zip line - you can't see her face, but she's screaming
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On my way back up after the zip line
Kelly and Shawna decided to go tandem to get more speed Stacie getting ready to take the big leap Here I am in the middle of a 235 foot free fall...absolutely amazing! Posted by Picasa

Here's the outdoor marketplace where we tried our best to haggle for a good deal
This is the Victoria Falls Hotel where we enjoyed a nice cup of tea on the veranda

Just in case you were wondering...

Road block on the way home

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