"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen."
1 Peter 4:10-11 (NIV)

Sunday, April 30-Wednesday, May 3: Victoria Falls, a safari and heading home

Sunday morning we left for Livingstone...leaving for home with a lot less luggage than we came with. Once we got to Livingstone, we had time in the afternoon to go to Victoria Falls. Chris, John, Protashow and I have seen the Falls before but this was Traci and Rick's first time. 
There was so much mist, so you could only get glimpses of the falls. There was a really good rainy season in Zambia this year, which equals more water at the falls.

The bridge connecting Zambia and Zimbabwe.

There's just no way pictures can capture how awe inspiring it is to see Victoria Falls. God's majesty and power reflected in this natural setting. 

There's some baboons that hang out around the entrance to Victoria Falls.

And sit on people's cars. 

On Monday we got up early to do an all day safari. Protashow drove us to the border of Botswana where we would cross over on a ferry.

Everyone walking down to the ferry. They load cars and a large truck or two and then however many people will fit on around the vehicles.

View of the other ferry crossing as we were crossing over.

They are building this bridge connecting Zambia and Botswana, which will make it much easier and faster. Right now, trucks waiting to cross have to wait 1-2 weeks once they get in line to cross over on the ferry. 

Getting our passports stamped.

And then headed to the lodge before the safari. A man from the lodge picked us up once we got off the ferry.

We had coffee and sandwiches breakfast here before they drove us to the river for the morning portion of the safari, which was on a boat. This area around the lodges and national park is much more affluent...could definitely tell it's a tourist destination.

Loading up on the boat for the river portion of the safari. This is on the Chobe River.

Here's our guide for the morning, Innocent, giving us some general information before we headed out.

We had lunch at the Chobe Safari Lodge and then our next guide took us on the land portion of the safari for the afternoon.

These elephants came by SO CLOSE to the vehicle on their way to the river for water.

It was so awesome to be able to do this safari and see God's amazing animals in their natural setting! I took so many pictures but just shared a few here to show a glimpse of what we saw.

Tuesday morning Protashow dropped us off at the airport, where we met up with Teacher Carolyn from New Day who traveled home with us. We flew from Livingstone to Johannesburg, overnight to London and then back home to DFW on Wednesday. 

Until next time...

What an absolutely amazing trip for PPIHN!! This was trip #5...we are in awe of what all God has accomplished in just 5 years through Prosthetic Promises. And we're excited to see what's in store for the future. We are so thankful for all of your continued prayers and support for this mission. To God be the glory! 

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