Zambia #14 "Sunset on the Zambezi"


Sunset on the Zambezi

Wow, are you guys having some cold weather! Here it is 80-90 with rain every other day or so.
I just wanted to tell you about our trip to Victoria Falls. The Falls are over 5600ft in length and the drop is over 400ft. The roar is so loud that you can barely talk over it. The interesting thing is that the rain water has not reached the falls yet, soon there will be 10 times the water rushing over the drop. The local inhabitants’ name for the falls, Mosi-oa-Tunya, means “Smoke that thunders”. The reason they call it that is that from miles off you can see a plume of water rise up from the falls and the roar from the falls can make you wonder where the train is. David Livingstone (the famous explorer, discovered the falls in 1855.
Here are few snaps we took.

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I have tons of other pictures but you gotta invite us over, when we get home, to see them.

They had a presentation at lunch one day by one of the many translators here at the Zambia Branch. He was explaining about what Zambia Branch does with all the money that is given them by the voluntary donations of all Jehovah’s Witnesses all over the world. All the Branches in each country is supported 100% by voluntary donations. Zambia Branch spends $30,000 a month to function. Which is amazing if you ask me to feed and house 250 Brothers and Sisters. There are only 6-7 ( I forgot) Branches that print, so what do all the others do? They are designed around translating literature into the many languages of that particular area. For example, the Watchtower is printed in 147 languages and that is enough to cover 99.97% of the people on earth. Which is a great step in fulfilling Jesus’ words at Matt 24:14…

And this good news of the kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations; and then the end will come.

But what about the others that cant understand those relatively few languages? For that reason they print Bibles and/or Bible based publications in 436 languages, with 19 more being added in 2003. With all these new languages it requires a translators, proof readers, computer support and a number of other support personnel. Also the Branches work as distribution points for the country they are in.

I must say that I am impressed with the focus that is emphasized here on using the resources we have to the best possible means. Scrap metal, plastic, paper and even water is collected and reused in a number of different ways. It is on the minds of all that work here that we are supported by your and the other 6 million Witnesses donations. Please be assured that your contributions are being used wisely in our effort to reach everyone on the earth with the good news of Jehovah’s Kingdom.

Until next time…

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