Where will you guys be living?
When we arrive, we will be living in a tiny apartment located in the compound of the Dental Clinic and Eye Hospital until our container arrives with all of our belongings. This could mean up to 6 months before we see our stuff but I will be looking for a small house, once we get there, that is close to the Dental Clinic but also not far from the city of Lusaka.
What will you guys be doing?
Wesley will be working in the Lusaka Dental Clinic in Chiwama with a fellow missionary and LLU Dental School grad for a few months before they leave. Wes is apart of the Differed Missions Appointment at LLU that will help us pay back our loans that he racked up while in Dental school.
I will simply be twiddling my thumbs, waiting for my husband to come home and cook him a nice meal…the usual really. That is until I find a job which could be anything from working at an orphanage, working for an NPO or NGO, the UN, maybe teaching or starting up my own zoo or taco stand with my brand new taco press! The opportunities are endless really. And no, I do not have anything lined up right, try as I might, I have been told countless times that I will just have to wait until I get there, which is fine by me!
Will you be able to bring stuff with you?
Yes! LLU has an amazing department that helps us pack up all of our stuff into a shipping container and sends it to us in Lusaka. And when I say pack up, I mean pack up our entire apartment, furniture from IKEA, boxes upon boxes of food and other stuff we might need over the five years. However, it will take anywhere between 3-6 months before it actually reaches us due to traveling and then going through customs. So we may not see our stuff until March or April!
Will you have internet?
Uh yes, we will be living in a civilized area contrary to what all the UNICEF, or other NPO commercials show you on TV. Lusaka does have internet, though we have to buy it differently than in the states, they also have TV’s, computers, escalators, washers, toilets, lights, everything really!
Will you guys be able to come to the states to visit?
Yes, we will have about 4-6 weeks every year that we can come home or travel. These weeks are accrued over time and are also combined with Continuing Education. We do have to build up these days, so we won’t be able to leave whenever.
What does the clinic/compound look like?
I would direct you to our PHOTOS page to see more about what the compound and clinic look like.
Can you come and visit?
The answer is, of course, YES! Though we know several of you would love to come, the reality is, you won’t and that’s okay! But do know that if you suddenly have the urge to come to Africa and get your safari on or know of someone coming to Zambia please let us know because we would love to open up our house! We are no strangers to traveling and know that being away from home can be unnerving, so please let us know if we can make anyone’s stay a little nicer and we will be more than happy to!
Is it safe?
My favorite question to answer because it can be quite subjective but yes, it is safe to live in Lusaka, though just like any city or town in the states, there are safer areas and sketchy areas. We will also have the help of many locals and other missionaries to show us the ropes around. I will say that our chances of encountering a massive python curled up in our car engine will increase, or encountering a lion whilst on a jog but what is life without a little risk?!
Are there other missionaries?
Yes! There is a dentist, Paul, and an eye doctor, Janie, that are a husband and wife duo, who we will over lapping with, who have been there for 6 years. Unfortunately, only Wes is truly overlapping the dentistry aspect because I don’t know the first thing about Ophthalmology and will not be taking over the Eye Hospital any time soon! There is also another young couple, Travis and Lauren, who just arrived in January. Lauren is a pediatrician and Travis is a administrator. All of these wonderful people have welcomed us and been the most helpful in answering any of our questions and opening up their homes to us. We have met other missionaries, but they are living in the the surrounding countries. I will say, though, missionaries are the nicest people! Even though I have only met some missionaries once, they have opened up their homes to us for Christmas and truly any time we want to visit, which is amazing because they understand the sacrifice of being away from friends and family. In fact, it would be safe to say, missionaries are like instant family. It doesn’t matter where you’ve come from or where you live, there is a mutual understanding and love there.
How can we get ahold of you?
Our mailing address can be found at the bottom of every page of this blog, if you ever need to reference it. It is currently the mailing address of the Dental Clinic, not our home address because we do not have one of those currently. So, if you so desire to mail us something, please send it there and we will wait with bated breath for it to arrive months later! (I only kid, I’m not actually sure how long mail takes to get to us!)
59 Chipwenupwenu Road
Makeni, Lusaka, Zambia 10101
Is there wildlife where you guys are?
This is a favorite question of mine because instantly, whenever someone thinks of Africa, they think Lion King or National Geographic. (I’m guilty too!) However, as much fun as that is, the reality is, we won’t be living anywhere near Simba or Pumba or Timon for that matter. They will be comfortably living about an hour or two away. We live in the city, so not much wild life comes through but that isn’t to say Lusaka hasn’t seen its share of Cheetahs coming through but it’s rare. Honestly, when we visited for a week, last April, the only sign of life I saw (other than big freakin spiders and caterpillars) was a feline…