Author Archives: Zags in Zambezi

Kinship on a mourning run

Let me begin by offering my heartfelt appreciation to the families and friends of our Gonzaga students on this Zambezi program. We have felt your prayers, words of encouragement, and challenges to live into the moments of learning that Zambezi … Continue reading

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Humans of Zambezi: Gilbert Masumba

“I put my faith in God that for sure one day will come that I can go to school.” Gilbert Masumba loves math, loves it so much he wants to spend his work life adding and subtracting. “I love numbers … Continue reading

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I am what I am because of who we all are

I left my glasses in a green canvas tent, 50 kilometers deep into Chobe Game Reserve in Botswana. And I did not panic or swear or even, really, get upset. If they read this blog post, my friends and family … Continue reading

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Humans of Zambezi: George Njolomba

“There is no way we can do away with our past.” George Njolomba’s general store sits at the juncture between Zambezi’s old and new markets, a visual symbol of the owner’s devotion to past and present. Inside his small shop, … Continue reading

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The road less traveled

As Jessica mentioned yesterday we all arrived safely in Livingston. Thus far our days have been filled with relaxation, the spectacular Victoria Falls, high tea, and the beginnings of processing all we have given to and taken from the past … Continue reading

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Zambezi, my third home.

I would first like to start off by saying that today we left Zambezi and all made it safely to Livingstone. No one got sick on the bush planes this time, and we all got to see the incredible view … Continue reading

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Tuna Sakwilla Mwane, Zambezi

I asked Mama Josephine today how to say ‘I love you’ in luvale. She has been teaching us luvale a couple times each week. She replied in saying “ngwakuzangn”. I had to say it numerous times to get the pronunciation … Continue reading

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Humans of Zambezi: Jessy Mukumbi

“Death can happen at any time.” Mukumbi Jescar (known as Jessie) lost her mom when she was an infant, her grandparents a few years later. Her father died last year. Over the years, she has lost many friends and relatives, … Continue reading

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How to Crap Swim

The last message I received from my family was nearly a month ago now. It was an unfortunate autocorrect in which my mother attempted to type the inspirational phrase “Carpe Diem” (Sieze the day) only to write “Crap Swim”. The … Continue reading

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Love the Ordinary Moments

“Love the Ordinary Moments” This quote is pasted in bold letters across the front of my journal. When I made my journal at our retreat this spring I cut and pasted this quote without really giving it a second glance … Continue reading

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