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"The Lion Sleeps Tonight"

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Kruger National Park was quite an adventure. Bouncing through the "Bush" on the back of a "Scout" that seated about twenty people was awesome. What was even more awesome was seeing an elephant a few feet away from me. I never thought I'd get to see something like I did these last few days. It was so surreal and truly an oppurtunity of a lifetime.

The View of a Lifetime

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Yesterday, we went to the Cape of Good Hope. It was the most beautiful sight I have ever seen. We walked and walked and walked. I began telling myself that it better be worth was! I took hundreds of pictures of the same view because it was so miraculous to me. I know that God knew what He was doing when He created this world. Just look around, His artistic ability shines.

Sharks, Sharks, and More Sharks!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

I feel as if I just got finished watching a documentary about Great White Sharks on the Discovery Channel. I kept having to remind myself that I was less than a foot away from one of the biggest creatures on this planet. The only word to describe the feeling I had while in the shark cage is surreal. I literally feel as if I just woke up from an awesome dream. This adventure is amazing and impossible to comprehend!

HDTV Doesn't Show Everything...

Friday, June 5, 2009

When I was little I would see the "Feed the Children" commercials on the television. Thinking that it was just a hoax to make people send money, I never paid much attention. Arriving in Cape Town yesterday and seeing all of the nice hotels and houses, I thought to myself that it wasn't much different than back home. Today, my eyes were opened when we left the "tourist" part of town and faced a much less appealing sight. Townships consist of shacks built out of any material the people can get their hands on. They are lucky to have plumbing or electricity, and few have those "luxuries". We met a woman named Rosie who, when listening to her, made tears come to my eyes. This woman lives on the motivation given by the hundreds of children she feeds in her tiny kitchen a day. The children do not get fed at school and most don't get fed at home. They completely rely on this one woman. She is the kind of person that sees a future brighter than what most have in sight. Seeing what poverty these people live in, I'm not sure that I could have the kind of ambition that they have. It is so odd to go to one part of town and see a "6" star hotel that movie stars stay in and then drive a few miles down the road to find thousands of people living in shacks, starving. I've come to realize that the bright green grass that we have at home is more like dirt on the other side. We are so blessed and I know that it would do me a world of good to share the blessings that God has given me with those who actually do need help. Our "High-Def" televisions cannot show a portion of what things are really like. That is why I feel it is my job to share what I have seen and learned with everyone else. Together we CAN make a difference. We just have to take action.

The Walls Came Tumbling Down

Friday, May 29, 2009

It seems like only yesterday flying in an airplane was a mere dream of mine. Now, not only is that dream going to become a reality, but so much more is too! I never imagined that such an opportunity would be presented to me. It has always seemed to me that there are these invisible walls placed around my small town of Pleasant Plains blinding me from the world that appeared so out of reach. Somebody marched around those walls and they have tumbled down! What seemed so out of reach is now clearly in sight!

Essential Programs Details

Duration 12 days
When June 2nd - 13th, 2009
Focus Wildlife Research/Conservation
Political History