Thursday, December 8, 2011

White Butterflies

Africa, Day 5 (yesterday)

Some things on the 12-hour drive from Ndola to Livingstone:

a brown dog hit on the road by a van;
a little white dog surrounding the brown dog in mourning;
fresh mangoes;
yoked oxen (my yoke is easy and my burden is light);
6-8 police stops and two border stops;
1 police stop in which we are cited for not having a fire extinguisher;
the police officer who says: we have nothing like forgiveness here;
stop in small town to buy a fire extinguisher;
a debate about whether people in a field were weeding or planting maize;
discussion of our favorite person in the Bible other than Jesus (Nehemiah, Jeremiah, David, Philip, Paul (2));
watermelons, tomatoes, fruits, pots;
open land green land;
irrigation systems;
fluffy, majestic clouds;
a Subway sandwich shop;
the trampoline at The Fig Tree Restaurant;
Chips Ahoy and Ritz Bits;
using the 1000 Kwacha (20 cents) bathroom with no door;
fresh air blowing through the van;
sharing stories of our encounters with Christ;
cold Coke;
an overturned truck;
prayers for protection and expressing thanks;
and white butterflies going ahead of us all the way.

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