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Our Trip Around Africa

May 22, 2016

One of the blessings of living in Africa is the opportunity, every couple years, to get together with missionaries from all over the continent. And the venue for the AAMC (All Africa Missionary Conference) this time was the not too shabby destination of Cape Town. In fact, Malawi was the other venue that attendees had the option of voting on when trying to decide where to have it, and Cape Town was the fairly unanimous vote, even from us Malawian locals.

Both our family and our teammates, the Ryan Hayes family, chose to drive the 2,200 miles down, rather than flying. This allowed us the flexibility to visit several missionary and native friends on the way. After leaving Malawi, we crossed Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and into South Africa. We stopped at the African Christian College in Swaziland, which turned out to be one of the highlights of the trip. Here we met Brad and Rachel Carter, who oversee this school that has blessed so many, including Namikango. We currently have a staff member, Stanley Mkwanda, who together with his wife are studying to obtain a Bachelor's degree in Theology.

We arrived in Cape Town a little before the conference in order for my brother and I to run the “Two Oceans Marathon,” aptly called “the most beautiful marathon in the world."

While in Cape Town awaiting the conference, we stayed with Roger and Martha Dickson (long time missionaries in South Africa) which was also a really good visit, as we had heard of them and their work, but never had the chance to meet.

Then came time for the reason for our trip – the conference. It was amazing! Monte Cox, long time missionary and professor from Harding University was the speaker. The subject was “Living Water”, focusing largely on Holy Spirit and His work in our lives, which was very refreshing indeed (no pun intended). The venue was excellent, and it was great to have the chance to visit with others and be encouraged by what God is doing in their areas of ministry. In addition, whenever one of these conferences is held a team from the States usually comes over to help run things and provide entertainment for the kids. This year a team from Central Church of Christ in Little Rock came, and was a HUGE blessing to all of us. We feel blessed to have been a part of this wonderful event.

Our journey back, though daunting, was none-the-less exciting coming off the wonderful few days at the conference, and heading towards Namibia up the Western coast. Namibia is known as one of Africa’s hottest tourist attractions, being called “the most picturesque country in the world.” It did not disappoint! Though we spent a good portion of our six days in the country inside the car, the incredibly unique landscape, desert night, starry skies, and fiery red sand dunes made it worth every extra hour of travel to journey home this route.

Crossing into Botswana, we then stayed with longtime missionaries, and our friends, Keith and Robin Honey, along with their daughter and son-in-law, Rob and Elise. This was our second time to stay in their home, and at the end of both visits we came away greatly blessed by the wisdom and hospitality of these amazing families.

It was a once-in-a-lifetime trip and we felt honored by knowing how many of you were praying for us. We’re SO thankful to you and to God for that Kingdom journey we had the blessing of taking.

Blessings to you all.
Ben