Mission Trip Spotlight: Zambia

Here are a few words from our sister, Lauren Czerniewski, on her mission trip to Zambia, Africa. 

“Twalumba,” a word that translates to thank you but, means so much more. I was blessed this Summer to have been able to go on a mission trip to Zambia, Africa. This is where I learned the true meaning of Twalumba.

While I was in Zambia, I taught in a middle school, a high school, and volunteered at a home for at risk girls. The kids were fascinated by America and wanted to know everything about it. They told me how they had dreams of one day going to college and becoming Bank managers or even going to college in America. It was inspiring seeing so many young kids be determined to have bright futures.

One thing that stood out to me during my trip was the fact that I never saw anyone frowning or upset. I only saw happy, smiling faces no matter the circumstances they were facing. All they wanted to do was help others and give whatever they could even if they didn’t have much to give. They loved every single person unconditionally no matter who you were and I will never forget that.  I went there to serve them but, I feel like they served me. They taught me that caring and love each other is all you really need in life. So, twalumba Zambia for letting me experience your beautiful culture and people.

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