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You may find this shocking but I was amazed to wake up twice in one week with the electrical power on.  While we take power for granted at home, power outages have proven to be a daily event in Zimbabwe and the backup generators tend to only be fired up for portions of the day.


Day 9: Sunday, 2012 04 29

Three of our team members stayed and attended church in Kadoma while four of us went on a 4-hour (each way) drive to attend church in Bulawayo and then drove about another half hour to shoot some video at the Esiphezini orphan care site which is under development:

Arthur Tymos, Pastor Bonani Hadebe & Nathan Tymos at Orphan Care Construction Site in Esiphezini, Zimbabwe

Orphan support started in Esiphezini with a pre-school class out in an open field.  Today, there are about 60 orphans being fed at this location with support from the Sonrise Church Orphan Care program.  The construction of classrooms, washrooms, a kitchen and a church building is underway.  A borehole to source water was drilled just over a year ago.

It was great to see the scenery on the way down to Bulawayo and to see so many stars on the long dark drive back to Kadoma at night.


Day 10: Monday, 2012 04 30

Nathan and I worked on siding in Kadoma and completed the third and trickiest wall on the church building:

Arthur & Nathan Tymos with Kuda (Aaron) Installing Siding in Kadoma, Zimbabwe

The rest of our team completed the roof on the new building and then started on drywall (nice stretch Jeff):

Drywall Installation in new Orphan Home in Kadoma, Zimbabwe


Day 11: Tuesday, 2012 05 01

Right after lunch, we popped over to a nearby hotel with internet access and here I am publishing my last Arthur’s Blog post (notice the peacock to the right behind me):

Blogging in Kadoma Zimbabwe while peacocks circle

That was the first time I blogged while being circled by a few peacocks.

Later that afternoon, we completed the siding on the church building:

Nathan Tymos After Siding Completed on Kadoma Building

While working on the siding, I saw (almost stepped on it) a very cool Giant African Millipede.  It was about ½” or so in diameter, dark black, and bout 7” long.


Day 12: Wednesday, 2012 05 02

In the morning, Nathan and I assembled and all the cabinets for the new orphan home in Kadoma (shown here in the church building awaiting installation in the new home once the drywall is done):

Arthur & Nathan - 11 Cabinets Assembled for Orphan Home Kitchen

In the afternoon, Nathan and I worked on door frame installation:

Arthur & Nathan Installing Door Frames in Orphan Home in Kadoma, Zimbabwe

This new building in Kadoma has four bedrooms, a kitchen and living area and will house about a dozen orphans (similar to the first building on the site).

Here is a photo of our awesome hard-working team at the end of this long work day:

Rear: Arthur, Don, Nathan, Jeff & Al. Front: Lawrence & Ron

Have you taken anything for granted today?  I welcome your comments.

9 Comments to Days 9 to 12 African Missions Trip

  1. Alexander Tymos's Gravatar Alexander Tymos
    May 3, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    You have done a great job looks great hope you have a save Trip home

  2. Dennis Vietorisz's Gravatar Dennis Vietorisz
    May 3, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Permalink


    I have been reading your blogs of your missions trip to Zimbabwe with great interest and wonder! It is truly awesome that you are sharing your experiences and showing such an example for others to see and think about! I will pray for your efforts to result in real, tangible and on-going blessings to those you serve there, and for you and your team to be safe there and on your trip home. Thank you for sharing!!!


  3. Carlos De Leon's Gravatar Carlos De Leon
    May 3, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    Must be a great experience Arthur. Is one of those opportunities where we know we are blessed and more blessings will come when we care and help our brothers and sisters.

    Thanks for sharing

  4. Nathan Bullerman's Gravatar Nathan Bullerman
    May 3, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Permalink


    Great job on your focus to support/establish a glimmer of hope to those who may see tommorrow as hopeless. As far as taking things for granted, nothing can be, but everything is.

  5. May 3, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been reading your updates, and it all sounds just amazing!
    Taking electric power for granted …hum, I remember those days when I was young visiting back home in our little village – having power give out various times throughout the day, but the worst was having water only for a couple of hours a day. You realize how luck we are here.

    Years ago I traveled to Kenya as a tourist and have always wanted to go back to help in some way with a small community. The work that you all are doing will impact those communities for years to come. The impact will be a positive, productive and uplifting one. Glad it is going so well.

    “Two kinds of gratitude: The sudden kind we feel for what we take; the larger kind we feel for what we give.” ~Edwin Arlington Robinson

    “Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all.” ~William Faulkner

  6. Papa Yorke's Gravatar Papa Yorke
    May 4, 2012 at 4:24 am | Permalink

    This is the kind of great news we need to hear from Africa; another house of God, complete with a peacock!

    Well done guys and may you blessed even more!

    God is good!!!

    Papa Yorke

  7. Dwayne Bernitt's Gravatar Dwayne Bernitt
    May 4, 2012 at 4:57 am | Permalink

    Looks like an extremely rewarding adventure for all of you. I’m sure you’ll have these memories forever. You’re setting the bar high on our core values.

  8. Claire Yang's Gravatar Claire Yang
    May 9, 2012 at 6:51 am | Permalink

    You have set up a role model for everyone in Creation family. By using vacation time you took family member to build better life for others, there is no better and meaningful things than your team has done. I am deeply touched with your blogs, we believe even the smallest contributions are signs of great love!
    Thanks for sharing and wish you have a safe trip home!

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