- Anyone with a willing heart and a love for the Lord is useful for the mission. We work diligently while we are there, but we enjoy the time as well. We train everyone that works with Camp Wisdom. We try to utilize any special talents or gifts of the team members.
- We are committed to WISDOM Christian School. We have had 10 mission trips to the school already and will continue to go there. On many other mission trips, you go into an area and never go back to the same place. You don't see those people again and they don't see you. But at WISDOM Christian School, we know them, they know us. The community is excited about our presence. We see the same kids from year to year. We know their names and they know us. We get to see their growth and development.
- No. The average high temperature in Ndola, during June, is 76 degrees. The average low is 49. The average rainfall is 0". It's the dry season. Lots of sunshine.
- No. Their diet is a little different from ours. But roasted chicken and chips (French fries) are always on the menu. The place we stay has food that is compatible with American tastes. You can bring your own snacks or shop at the local grocery store. You will have the opportunity to try some local specialties if you so desire.
- We stay at a motel. Think 1960's road trip. The place is clean and comfortable. Each room has its own bathroom. The bathrooms have Western toilets (sit down), showers, and sinks. They have hot water. We book 2 people to a room, unless it is not possible or desired.
- Yes. We fly all the way to Ndola. We have a bus to transport the team on the ground. We go as a group. We have African friends that are trustworthy to accompany us. The motel has a security wall around it with a gate, which is closed at night with a security guard on duty.
- It is about 10,000 miles from Oklahoma City. It takes about 27-30 hours of flying and layovers. From OKC, we fly to another U.S. city. Then we fly overnight to a European city for a layover. Then we have another flight to Nairobi, shorter layover. The last flight is three hours to Ndola.
- No. We provide bottled water for everyone at all times, after we leave Europe.
- It is up to every individual whether they get the recommended vaccinations. The CDC has recommended vaccinations on their website. We use the county health department (international travel) to get our shots. Depending on which vaccinations you have had in the past, the number you need can vary.
- We recommend taking a malaria preventative medicine, either Malarone or Doxycyclene.
- Zambia's official national language is English. The local language is Bemba. Many adults speak English. Only the older children at the school speak some English. Everyone who teaches at Camp Wisdom will have their own interpreter.
- We provide Camp Wisdom t-shirts and a WCS polo shirt. Jeans or other long pants are acceptable (no shorts). Women wear skirts (below the knee) to church. We recommend a light jacket or sweater for mornings and evenings.
Donna and Ed Edwards, team leaders, have been to Africa many times. They provide an orientation and training sessions in preparation for the mission trip.
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