Out of Zimbabwe, at last

Friday, 27 October 2017

Friday I awoke with a strong feeling that our return route should be through Zambia rather than Zimbabwe, where the continuous harassment had been emotionally draining. Two incidents which had happened before we left Pretoria, strengthened the feeling. Griet had given me 400 Zambian Kwacha and we had changed our outreach itinerary and now it ended near the Zambian border.

More harassment and another fine and we finally reached the Zimbabwe border. Here a final surprise awaited us. We had no police clearance for our vehicles. We had to go and talk to “My Boss”, who was sitting outside on a chair. “Sir, Beitbridge made a mistake of letting you in.” “Madam, you can leave while we talk to Mr. alone.” We had to pay R200 before we could go out of the country.

At the first “biggish” town in Mozambique, Martie and I set of on foot to buy a sim card and data. With many hand signals and a few helpers, with broken English, we managed. Back at the vehicle a worried group waited with sandwiches. The last 300km tot Tete we traveled in darkness, carefully negotiating potholes and speedbumps. Riaan Terblanche of Veritas had sent directions to a camping site and our hearts filled with thankfulness when we finally crossed the stately bridge over the Zambezi and reached ‘Jesus e Bom’ Camping site. We were too tired for food, but had coffee while looking at Tete’s reflection on the water.

Corrie van Aardt
Share Your Knowledge
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Isaiah 9:2 “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light ; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.”

Rom 10 : 14 “and how can they believe in the One of whom they have not heard? ”

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