My Dusty Road

One Girl's Adventures Into Rural Lands

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Giraffes: Up Close & Personal

Giraffes have been my favorite animal since I moved to Zambia. My favorite memory was when I took my parents on safari in Botswana and we sat in the middle of a huge herd of them. It was amazing!

Then there was the time a giraffe rolled across the hood of my truck. Yeah… that happened…

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5 Phases of a Solo Road Trip

As a missionary, I find myself traveling quite a lot. Recently, I just took a road trip from Florida to Chicago and discovered something interesting. There are at least 5 different phases that you go through while in the car alone for 8 hours…. much less several days of 8 hour drives.

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This Support Raising Life

I’ve been thinking about support raising lately. Makes sense. It’s been on the top of my list since I returned back to America. Like most missionaries, my fellow co-laborers and I build up a team to fund this incredible work that God has called us to.

And I wouldn’t do it any other way!

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Following A Path

Sometimes in life you meet a fork in the road. One way looks familiar, similar to where you’ve already been. The other is usually  completely unknown. Most often, God is calling us down that unknown path.

I first landed in Zambia in 2005. A 2 week trip with Overland Missions completely wrecked my life. Once I returned home, I’d finish my last year of college, get a job in the suburbs of Chicago as a music teacher, and keep serving in my church. That was plan. It seemed like a great plan. God had other ideas.

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Secret Handshakes

The Zambian culture is very complex and diverse. With over 70 different tribes in one country, you learn living here that each one is similar yet different. However, greetings play a big role in every single one. Conversations are never rushed and there are countless ways to say “hello.”

One thing I love is the handshake. Zambians have a specific handshake that they greet each other with. It’s kind of like being in a secret club. If you don’t know it, you quickly fumble through, wondering “what the heck just happened?”

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