Saturday, May 16, 2009

This morning came in the middle of the night! While Badplaas was sleeping, we boarded our bus at 3:00am in order to make it to Kruger National Park by 6:00. We jumped on the safari tour jeeps, bundled in blankets and every bit of clothing we brought, and set out with spotlights and eager eyes to find the "big five." Although we didn't get to see the big five, we saw 3 of them, including Rhino, elephants, and buffalo. We also saw impala, kudu, giraffes, wildebeasts, vervet monkeys and baboons, jackals, warthogs, hyena, hippos, crocodiles, and zebras. Today was a success, minus the invisible lions.

Tonight was one of the most powerful nights of the trip. Several people shared their testimonies and several team members shared their experiences here in Africa. We have grown tremendously as a team, and as we spoke tonight, we talked about how we can bring what we've learned back to our everyday lives in the states. This experience has changed the way we think and act. God has moved in us and in the people of Africa. Tomorrow will be bittersweet as we pack up to leave Prayer Mountain and the new friends we've made. The trip has made a major impact on the entire team and I think we will all return home with a renewed sense of God's power and love in our lives.

We can't wait to see everyone when we return to Charleston on Monday. We love you and can't wait to see you!

ngizonibona mangi fika (See you when we get there! -zulu)

(Brandi, Amber, and Amanda)


  1. How wonderful! What an experience to remember for the rest of your life. We at home are looking forward to seeing pictures and hearing stories of all the week's fabulous events. Your work for the Lord is going to be blessed with God's mighty hand of love. We must remember to continue to pray for the people you have served and ministered to that they will continue to learn and grow. God bless you all. Can't wait to get you home!!

  2. We are all praying for your safe trip home! Can't wait for the pictures and stories. God has surely blessed all of you as He has those of us that have been alble to read your blogs.Please sleep on that jumbo jet tomorrow . Send hugs to all. Mama Hicks