June 13 – July 31
Want a challenging work team in Africa? Then the Zambia Bridge missions trip is for you! Many orphans from our Lushwishi AIDS Orphans Rescue Unit are not able to go to school because they cannot get across the river in the wet season, which is six months of the year! Also, adults do not have access to get food and medicine. The team will build the approaches to the bridge, which will be footpaths. In October, an adult team will construct the bridge across the river. The part of the bridge that the team builds will be on dry ground, but is two feet under water during the wet season. You will be sharing the Gospel in the Motorcycle Sunday School Mission classes, public schools and with those who come to the Unit for medicine year round.
At the Lushwishi AIDS Orphans Rescue Unit.
Before departing Zambia, you will travel to Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World discovered by David Livingstone in 1855. It will be a trip you won’t want to miss! You will enjoy viewing this breathtaking waterfall known as the “Smoke that Thunders”. Wood carvings, batiks, jewelry and traditional drums are just a few of the souvenirs available for you to purchase.
Housing will be in tents and your bucket is used for bathing and laundry.
After Commissioning, the team flies from Orlando, to Dulles International Airport in our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. Your next flight crosses the Atlantic Ocean to Rome, Italy for refueling, then over the Sahara Desert to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The team will overnight in a hotel before continuing the next morning on a flight that takes you to Lusaka, Zambia. From the airport, you truck five-hours to the Teen Missions in Zambia BIBLE, MISSIONARY & WORK Training Center in Ndola. After loading your supplies onto the truck, you travel to the AORU located along the Lushwishi River.
(Note: Florida Debrief)
Contributions Equal To: $4690 U.S. plus Registration Fee
Zambia is a landlocked country in Southern Africa that shares borders with the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and Angola. Its capital is Lusaka. Their government is a presidential representative democratic republic. English is the official language, but there are anywhere from 43-70 different languages spoken. Zambia’s economy is mainly funded by copper mining.
There are three levels of education in Zambia: primary, junior secondary and upper secondary. Education is free until level seven, when most children drop out. Before that time, 80% of the children attend school. There are limited educational opportunities beyond secondary school.
Officially, Zambia is a Christian nation, but there are a wide variety of religious traditions that blend easily with Christianity. Following the election of Frederick Chiluba as President in 1991, Pentecostal congregations expanded considerably. Muslims make up approximately 5% of the population. There are over 113,000 refugees in Zambia from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Angola and Rwanda.
Teen Missions began running Boot Camps in Zambia in 1994 and the first North American team came in 1996. In 1997, 20 acres of land was acquired near Ndola, where a base and BMW were established. At this time there are 35 students. There are also 15 AIDS Orphans Rescue Units and three Matron Units. In 2008, Motorcycle Sunday School Mission was also established in Zambia; there currently are two circuits operating 12 bush Sunday schools. Doug and Barb Petersen coordinate the work in Zambia; they are assisted by 44 staff and interns who work at the base, BMW, Motorcycle Sunday School Mission, AIDS Orphans Rescue Units and Matrons Units.