3:42 AM woke up and packed.
4:00 AM packing Jacos truck.
4:30 AM shoppa has not arrived, just hanging
around. Still packing Jacos truck.
5:18 AM shoppa still has not arrived yet. Suppose to arrive at 4:30am. Jaco truck is all packed and tied down. He sped off speedily to go grab the shoppa.
5:51 AM jaco came back with no shoppa. We prayed. Jaco sped off again with a local. Very frustrated.
6:34 AM an open flatbed truck arrived with jaco, we found the least painful place to sit.
8:20 AM we arrived at the ferry pick up point. Apparently it's a 2 hour wait. 10am is the next ferry.
9:57 AM still waiting for the ferry, but I am now sitting on the banks of the Zambeze river which flows into Victoria Falls. Listening to worship and thinking about what I will be doing after we get back into the USA.
11:00 AM Met Jacky who works for a crocodile hatchery.
11:14 AM found out that the ferry does not have diesel and is not working. We may have to walk across a 3.5km train bridge that's about 1km down the road.
11:20 AM Jacky came up with a plan to cross the train bridge with the packs on the bikes, and we can walk across.
11:48 AM we drove to the train bridge and coorindated 10ish bikes to haul our packs over the bridge and we will walk.
Jaco and Marie left us.
12:10 hopped onto a bike and started across the bridge. I was first in line, in front of all the packs.
12:20 stopped by customs, wanted to check passport and check all bags. After 5 he asked for money which I did not have. He let us go. First bag we opened had medication and headache medicine right at the top.
12:40 got across the border, stopped by police. Asked for passport and what we were doing.
12:50 PM The policeman hands me the phone, its the chief. I talked to the police chief on the phone and he demand that i go to the police station right away. I explained to him i have 18 friends walking across the bridge and it will take some time to get to the station. Gave the phone back the police officer.
12:55 PM After talking to the police who stopped us, the Chief tells me he is going to come to us.
12:50 The Police chief insisted that we stop by police station. He wants to check all our bags, to make sure we don't have drugs or guns. He will not do it here at the bridge, he wants us to keep our possessions a secret.
Jacky takes the policeman aside behind the tree, they both come back holding hands and with smiles on their face. We do not have to go to the Police Station.
Jacky in the quad left to find some minibuses.
1:00 PM This man drinking a beer walks towards us, and tells us he has the trucks ready for us. We are unsure if he is the actual guy that Jacky found, this guy claims to have trucks ready but has a beer in hand.
1:05 Jacky came and told us that this was Conrad and he is the boss, not the driver of the trucks. He was just on his lunch break.
1:10 Conrad offers us one of his trucks to bring us to his place for the night, he has a place to can pitch our tents and have a great meal, and we can head to the border the next morning.
1:15 We explain to him that we need need to get to the border tonight, we have a friend (Jarvis) waiting for us at the border and we have an important meeting in Malawi.
1:20 Conrad doesn't think we can make the border in time, it is 40km away but could possibly take 5 hours to get there. He says we should probably stay with them tonight.
1:30 We convince Conrad to let us try to get to the border that afternoon. He agrees and tells us his truck is right up on the ridge.
1:40 We get all our packs on our backs, plus 20 local kids help carry our bags to his truck.
1:50 All our packs are on the truck, and we are ready to roll.
2:15 We stop at the place where Conrad and Jacky work. This barefooted really happy guy with one arm comes up to the truck and introduces himself as Piter, the owner of the business. He then proceeds to give us all an ice cold refreshment, Coca-Cola, Sparrletta, Sprite or a Fanta.
2:25 We leave Piters place with his blessing.
2:30 PM stopped by police and told to go to police station, we then get a police escort to the station.
2:35 PM Arden and I go into the Police station with all the passports, and we get interrogated by them. What are you doing here, what church are you preaching from. We explain to him that we were volunteers and we worked at an orphanage and some of the other people in truck worked at a church. we did not have the name of Jacos church on hand. The police chief kept asking us the same questions over and over again.
3:00 PM Michell and Kelsey come into the room and explain things with their side of ministry. It seems to get things going. They wrote all the passport information down on a piece of paper.
3:20 Jacky calls Piter and Conrad and they both arrive.
3:30 Piter is yelling at the Police, and swearing up a storm. There is no problems, the police just want to delay us, and they will not return our passports.
3:40 Piter, Michelle and Stacy keep going back and forth into the Cheifs building, not getting anywhere.
3:50 PM Piter mentions that we were one of the reasons why he is here in Mozambique. To help us, to help the people that have been helping the local people of Mozambique. To try and not give Mozambique a bad reputation.
He has convinced himself that we is a "Badie." He said he had a drinking problem and his wife left him because of it. He drinks a lot, and goes to all the women telling them that he loves them. We tell him about God and his love
Piter then says we should all pray about the situation! After he led this prayer, we turn around and tell him that we all need to pray for him. He was very sheepish as we told him. He did let us pray for him, It was a wondrous thing.
Our delays today were so intentional by God, He wanted us to meet Piter, to minister to him. God wanted Jaco and Piter to come together. God wanted our paths to cross so that we could share with Piter his love, his grace and mercy. (Jaco later in the day said that he is going to go visit Piter and talk with him more.)
4:19 PM There is no problem, but they are holding our passports. And "waiting" for a call from higher up.
4:21 PM We tell Piter to tell the police that we will absolutely not leave without our passports. We need our passports before we leave the station.
4:29 PM Conrad came with almost frozen bottles water. We are going to be staying with Piter tonight from the sounds of it. Piter then gets Jacky to go prepare some chicken wings for all of us.
4:36 PM Piter came out of the police station for the thousands time, and exclaimed quite excitedly:
"It seems to me we will be here a long time."
"It seems to me you will be staying with me tonight!"
4:40 PM Piter said the border was going to close in 1 hour and 20 mins.
4:42 PM Stacy and Michelle are in the Station and you can hear Michelles voice quite loudly.
5:04 PM Michelle and Stacy walk out of the station with our passports in hand, Thank You Jesus!
Thanks to Stacy, and Michelle for negotiating with the police. Thanks to Michelle for putting her ghetto on and for Stacy who stood up for us and for God to the policemen.
Piter thinks we can make it to the border tonight. Leaders are making the decision to go to the border.
5:05 PM A couple of quick phone calls to Jarvis and Jaco, they both said go for the border.
5:06 PM Start our run for the Border.
5:11 PM Quick stop at Piters to pick up money.
"We have money!" said Arden wanting to use up our money for everything
"Haha we have money too hehe" Piter replied. They refused us to pay them
5:50 PM hallelueigh Lord God almighty
I started praying
6:30 PM Arden receives text saying call Jaco he is at the Mozi border!! What!!!.
6:35 PM we have no service, attempt to contect with the Malawi SIM card. No have minutes on the card. Still praying hard.
7:00 PM We arrive at the border finally 1 hour late though!
7:01 PM Someone spots Jaco, we all cry out to him. He seems to always appears when we are the most stranded.
7:05 PM I start to pray that that immigration chief officer man can come back to say yes and let us through. Jarvis is holding the Malawi border open for us. Still praying.
7:13 PM We get the word to hand over passports, thats a good sign. Hallelueigh.
7:28 PM a quote from Jaco - "They say missions is never easy, Africa enforces this."
7:44 PM Arden just realized he dropped his international SIM card. He found it in less then a minute later. In the dark at the border, using an iPhone as a flashlight.
7:54 PM We are all still waiting on passports to be processed
7:56 PM We are still trying to find service to call Jarvis..
8:00 PM Our passports are returned, we are allowed to cross the border. Loading bus to cross no mans land. Going to Malawi.
Got through to Jarvis, he is still waiting, and the border is still open for us.
8:15 PM We arrived at the Malawi border, 2 hours after it was suppose to close
8:25 PM We quickly load our bags and say goodbye to Jakey and his assistant, as well as prayed for both of them.
8:30 PM We stared to form a line to get our passports processed.
8:45 Processing passports, and loading Jacos truck. Everyone is tired but super thankful for making it to Malawi.
9:15 PM we are all packed up, contortioned into Jarvis' van and Jacos truck. 5 hour drive ahead.
2:07 AM we arrived at Jarvis place with no incidents. We promptly fell asleep.
Come to fond out later that our drive from the Malawi border to Jarvis' place wasn't as uneventful as we thought. Jarvis never told us this until the next day.
We had about 2 hours left to get to Jarvis' place, right before getting into the mountains, the gas light for the van dings.... Jarvis drove 2 hours, through winding, twisting steep mountains with the gas light on. He said he was praying the entire time, all the way up and down the mountains.
Talk about an insane amazing and awesome experience.
Thank you God, our magnificent awesome Creator.
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