26 October 2017
Beitbridge border post was a harrowing four hour experience. With a scorching outside temperature of 44 Celsius, we slowly moved from check point to check point. All the time we were continually badgered by helpers: “Madam, if you do not pay $20 you will have to unpack everything” “Madam, if you do not pay $20, you will have to wait much longer.”
When we finally drove out into the beautiful country with the large baobab trees and boulders, the police badgering began. Every few kilometers there was a drum in the road and two or more police officers. If one came to you with his book in his hands and with a smile, introduced himself, you knew he was going to search and search until something was amiss. “Lights not on at 17:35 pm” “No continuous red reflector tape at the back” etc. The fine starts at 40 USD and as you plead goes down to 10 USD. Then, when you wished to receive a receipt, the friendly bantering began. Twice, the police men opted for prayers rather than receiving the money.
We on the other hand also learnt to stay joyful and to praise them for how safe we feel to have such a police presence.
As the temperature cooled so did our moods. At 21:00 pm we finally stopped at Morgenster Mission, only to find the guesthouse closed. With patience we searched for the manager, going from house to house. The friendly lady came to unlock and welcomed us.
Finally, there was no running water, but a cold wash out of a bowl cooled us down and by 23:00 pm we were fast asleep.
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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