Wednesday, April 29, 2009

A trip to the taxidermist

For the first time during 40/40 we took the children to visit a taxidermist. We got to see the whole process of what they do when they get an animal skin. It is a much longer process than I ever imagined. It was very informative and fun. At the end of our tour the children were given a quiz to see how many animals they could recognize. They all did pretty well.
It was exciting to see that the Bormans had some live animals as well. We were all able to get really close to some Zebra and Ostrich.

The kids got to see and touch a crocodile that the taxidermist was working on.

Steve standing by a Kudu shoulder mount.

This is the older group at 40/40.

This man was working on a Cape Buffalo.

The children got to see a giraffe skin that they were working on.

Look how close the children are to these Zebra.

Aren't Zebra beautiful animals?

The Bormans had two ostriches on their property too.

Justin and a couple of the other kids got to touch the ostrich.

This is the second graders in our group.

Brandon holding a buffalo hoof.

On the way home we stopped on the side of the road and bought some sugarcane. The kids enjoyed trying it.

April 28th, was Justin's 14th birthday. We celebrated that night with a delicious Choc. cake. How many kids can say they got to touch a ostrich on their birthday?? Not too many I'm sure.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

MK's go to the Crocodile Farm

During 40/40 the kids go to school during the week but throughout the time they have the opportunity to go on several field trips. The first field trip was to the crocodile farm. They were able to learn a lot about crocs. and snakes as they toured the farm. Then after lunch they were able to swim, play miniture golf, jump on the trampoline, play pool, or play on the play ground. It was a real fun day for the kids!

What do you think these guys are looking for?
A python! The biggest python died recently so there are some smaller ones in the pit. The guide let these guys get down in the pit and look for them.
This is Zach, Justin, Gavin, and Steve(one of the chaperones).

Steve found one!

Then passed it on to Zach.

Are they cool or what?

A lot of the kids played miniture golf.

Rhett holding a brown house snake.

This one looks scary.

Anna holding a Leopard Turtle on her head.

Gavin showing us his flips on the trampoline.

Evie taking a turn on the trampoline.

The Crocodile Farm has over 100 of these big crocs.

Those who wanted to touch one of these little crocs. were able to.


Saturday, April 25, 2009

40/40 -Off to a good start!

April 22nd everyone who was participating in 40/40 arrived in Zambia. We have a big group this time of 39 adults, 35 kids, plus Zambian helpers, and staff. So far, everything is going great! Thank you for all who are praying for this time. Over in the sidebar is a month long prayer guide for 40/40 if you want to click on that. We would love for you to join us in praying for this event. Here are a few pics. from our first couple of days.

The kids learned a new song about a crocodile.

Friday, the participants started going out on their DFA's. They have to walk a little ways each day with their partner and Zambian helper to get to the minibus.

Johanna's class having their bible lesson.


Tracey's class

James L. and Zach leading in worship.

Because we have 35 kids there is limited space at the school. It was real cold this morning so Johanna's class came and sat on the kitchen floor.

Becky and Tracey

Zach reading to some of the kids.

This was a first day just trying to get to know you activity.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Good Fun!

Today we spent the afternoon with our friends the Bolthouses. We had a cookout, the boys played guitar, played video games,and rode dirt bikes. We had a fun afternoon with our friends.


Zach jumping on the ramp.

Caleb goes to RVA with Zach. We are so thankful they are such good friends.


Hannah and Molly

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Zach's Interim trip in the Mau Forrest

During the last week of this past term, Zach along with 4 other students and two sponsors headed out into the Mau Forest of Kenya. Some men from the Dorobo tribe taught them how to survive out in the forest. Following are some pictures from the trip that show some of the things they experienced and saw. During the week they camped out under the stars but on the last day they got to stay at a lodge and go on a game drive. Zach had a great time and learned so much. Hope you enjoy all the pics.

This is the group of students with their sponsors who went on this interim trip.
From left to right: Mr. Unruh, Josiah, Brian, Zach, Kent, Mr. Ness, and Chris.

They learned how to start a fire without matches or flint. They just used a stick and their hands.

These guides from the Dorobo tribe taught them many things. Here he is teaching the students how to smoke out the bees and harvest honey. Zach said it was really good.

Here is some of the honey comb.

They also learned about deforestation.

They slept out under the stars on the ground with just a tarp over their heads.

They learned how to use different arrows.

They learned how they could cut this root and get nice cold water to drink from it.

This is a hyrax which they killed with spears and then skinned, cooked, and ate it.

Each day they wrote in their journals.

This is one of the churches they visited. Each student shared their testimony and they all sang a song for the church.

Isaiah 44:3b-4 NIV “I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants. They will spring up like grass in a meadow, like poplar trees by flowing streams.”

Kenya is beautiful!

I Chronicles 16:3 1-33 LB “Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice! Tell all the nations that the Lord is king. Let the sea and everything in it shout His praise! Let the fields and their crops burst forth with joy! Let the trees of the forest rustle with praise before the Lord! For He is coming to judge the earth.”