Discovering Life, Learning and Leadership

A picture is worth a thousand words so here are a few words and six photos of our African Missions Trip which is going extremely well.

On Friday, 2012 04 20, day T-1 (one day before take-off), we were busy with final preparations.

The company that my son Nathan Tymos works for is Fully Managed and they believe strongly in living and achieving your dreams.  When they heard about Nathan’s dream to take laptops and projectors to Zimbabwe, they and some of their clients graciously donated 25 used laptops (in great condition) and two projectors.  Here’s a photo of Nathan in our basement the day before we left for Africa reformatting, configuring and updating drivers on the donated laptops:

Nathan Tymos Reformatting & Configuring Donated Computers from Fully Managed

When we left YVR on day 1, Saturday, 2012 04 21, our luggage weighed more than we did given all this donated equipment together with our clothes and some tools:

Nathan & Arthur Tymos Departing Vancouver

We flew through London to Johannesburg and then on to Harare in Zimbabwe, arriving in Harare on day 3, Monday, 2012 04 23.  Given the three flights and two airport layovers, it took just under 39 hours to reach our destination.  Pastor Henry, who I mentioned in my last Arthur’s Blog post regarding Nesia & Melissa’s story, and Al Miller (who had arrived in Harare a few hours before Nathan and I), met us at the airport.  Al was driving the van (he does rather well at driving on the opposite side of the road from what he is accustom to in Canada), and we went straight to the Lamad Theological Centre (church and training centre) in the Cranborne district of Harare where we were going to be doing some training the next day.

It was a great new experience for me to see this part of Africa, to meet friendly and caring people, to take in the new smells and to observing other new things.  Here is a photo of Nathan and I outside the training centre:

Arthur & Nathan Tymos at Training Centre in Cranborne District of Harare

After a quick visit in Cranborne, we went shopping in Harare for computer power bars and extension cords with the correct plug format for Zimbabwe.  It was a lot of fun as we visited a few hardware and electrical stores to find what we needed.

When I woke up this morning on day 4, Tuesday, 2012 04 24 I was looking at a ceiling like none that I had slept under before.  Here is what it looks like:

Rondaval Ceiling

And from the outside, the buildings look like this:

Rondaval Outside

Nathan and I enjoyed spending the day teaching on leadership and computers with a class of administrators, pastors and other leaders, many of whom had never used a computer before.   It was a great yet tiring day.  Many of them are responsible for dozens or hundreds of orphans and previously neither the children nor the leaders had access to even a computer.  Here is Nathan in action teaching:

Nathan Tymos Teaching Computer Skills in Cranborne District of Harare

The students were attentive and eager learners.  We are looking forward to another good day tomorrow.

Have you ever been on a missions trip and/or had the opportunity to teach in another country?

6 Comments to Days T-1 to 4 African Missions Trip

  1. Stan Powers's Gravatar Stan Powers
    Apr 24, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    This looks like a good setting for the sessions. Impressed. Good work!

  2. Sandra Hayes's Gravatar Sandra Hayes
    Apr 24, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

    I am enjoying the updates from your trip. Please keep them coming 🙂 I have taught a week long class in Holland when I worked for Andresen Consulting with 99% of the class being Europeans. It was fun but challanging with multiple languages being spoken even though the class was in English. From this learning, I will ensure that my children are fluent in more than one language and prepared when traveling to another country with some sort of translation device as in my opinion it is not right to expect people in other cultures/countries to speak your language.

  3. Sylvanna Wong's Gravatar Sylvanna Wong
    May 1, 2012 at 7:53 am | Permalink

    Great update, Arthur, thanks for sharing! The ceiling of the hut looks like a spider web or the inside of an umbrella 🙂 I agree with Sandra, speaking more than 1 language is a great advantage when it comes to travelling….

    • Aug 28, 2014 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

      I praise God for the endeavours you’re doing, and I believe that one needy child is worth all the help she needs. may all underprivileged and vulnerable children be helped around the world. That’s my prayer.

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