Timing is Everything
We ordered our truck on May 5th. We used a UN program that allows NGOs and others to purchase ex-factory vehicles and have them delivered to out-of-the-way corners of the world. Our Ford Ranger was entered into the July production schedule and slated for shipping from the factory in Thailand in August. It was supposed to spend about 6 weeks on a boat, get offloaded in Mozambique (the closest port), spend another week or so on a truck to Lusaka, and we’d be able to pick it up in late September just after we arrived in Zambia.
But things never go completely as planned or scheduled. We tried using the various tracking tools on the UN website to find out where our vehicle was and what was happening to it, but it spent about two-and-a-half months with the Mozabique delivery “pending.” At least the boat didn’t register as “sunk.”
To make a long story short, late last week we got a call from the mission coordinator that our truck was in Lusaka! Somehow, it went from not-officially-offloaded in Mozambique to delivered-in-Lusaka without being recorded on the website. (This is not unlike following your order on Amazon…)
All of a sudden, it really made sense for us to come to Lusaka for Thanksgiving. We hadn’t been planning to come, but now with the excuse of our truck, the turkey seemed to be calling us.
So we give thanks to God for the chance to enjoy a very traditional American Thanksgiving dinner with the mission family here in Lusaka. We give thanks for the arrival of our truck (still waiting for final clearance from INTERPOL before we can drive it home). We give thanks for the research we are able to start at various government offices here in the Capital while we wait (census data, orthographic research at the Ministry of Education, linguistic research at the University of Zambia, etc.) And we give thanks for all of the blessings – safe travel, a home, loving supportive family, strong partnerships, a clear vision of our project, and so many others – with which God is blessing us these last few months.