We knew Africa was big (as big as the area of three United States), but not this big. It took us nearly 11 hours to go from Windhoek to Ondangwa in northern Namibia. The trip was relatively uneventful, aside from the occasional goat or cow we had to dodge. This was due to the greater freedom given to animals than vehicles on the highway. It would not be uncommon to be cruising at highway speeds and suddenly need to slam on the brakes to avoid hitting dear old Betsy!
We cozily settled into the Protea Hotel in Ondangwa. We all went to bed early in preparation for the big day to come.
We all appeared bright eyed and bushy-tailed (well most of us anyway) around 6:30 A.M. for a quick breakfast before heading off to the ELCIN (Evangelical Lutheran Church In Namibia) Church for early morning devotions. After a warm welcome, we had the opportunity to learn about the history of the synod in Namibia. From there, we made an unscheduled stop at Oniipa Primary School.
As soon as we walked through the front gate, we were excitedly greeted by a large number of students (called learners). The kids instantly took a liking to us and vice versa, despite the language barrier. After singing a couple songs for them, we reluctantly said good bye, and we quickly made our way over to a local hospital.
Onandjokwe Lutheran hospital was founded 1903. We were able to share our love for music with the patients of many different wards including a maternity ward. We could tell they were touched by our music, and we were also touched by their responses.
We experienced so much today, and it has been a lot to take in, but we come to the end of our day richly blessed and even more connected to our brothers and sisters here in Namibia.
Shayla and Fred