I am having a great time spending time with Zambians, and I have a great post that I am looking forward to writing on a great class today. BUT, that is going to have to wait as I write about some of the cool people I meet here in Zambia.
It isn't every day that one decides to up and move to Africa. And so, the ones you meet are ones that inspire and challenge and encourage me. Like for example, my neighbor spent 12 years in Medical school and is now in Zambia as the only infectious disease doctor. He is not only mentoring other doctors but is also helping treat patients as well. I am sure he could be making bank in America, but as a Christian and humanitarian, he has been making a difference already in his short time here.
I met another man who works with the Malaria Control Organization (it is a different name, but I can't think of it now). He shares great news of how the tide is turning on this battle against malaria, but admits being nervous about the recession. It is a money thing. The money helps provide nets and drugs and awareness to the many in Africa. They are making a HUGE difference and saving lives.
I met another guy who is a designer for Invisible Children which is cool in and of itself. He doesn't live here but is visiting because his mom (who admittedly said should be focused on retiring) instead is disrupting her whole life to adopt the cutest little 9 year old boy named Moses and giving him chance at an education and having a mom and dad. My kids have had a blast playing with him. Bradyn said, "I really think he could be my best friend:)" He is from a village 10 hours away and this is the first time out of the village into a city. There is still a lot of court battle stuff to deal with, but bring it on...
There is a guy I met last year who is moving into our neighborhood who started a company called ZAMbikes to help provide bikes for pastors and healthcare people all over Zambia. This guy is like my age. Amazing.
I have met pastors, translators, missionaries, engineers and orphan workers. Today while at an internet place, I saw this gal that had stayed at our house. She and her husband have six kids and they run an orphanage in a village way up near the Congo. It is one of the neat things about living in a city and having connections with ex-pats who are coming to Africa to make a difference, however big or small.