It was an amazing experience to be sure.
What I could not have known at the time, however, was how desperately I was going to need the time in Liwonde National Park to decompress and process all that I had seen and heard during my time with the people of Nkhoma/Chilenje and the Y-Malawi ministry partners. Those nine days in the mission field had left me undone in ways that I could not have expected.
When reviewing my shots from the safari for this blog, I was strongly reminded of the overwhelming feelings of God's peace I had while encountering God's creation in the "warm heart of Africa." I share these photographs with you from a place of deep gratitude for such a God-filled, once-in-a-lifetime experience.
|The African crocodile is a fair bit more frightening than the American alligator.|
|Hands down the best shot of the safari!|
|Elephants are one of Africa's "big-five" game animals. The adjective that best describes my impression of these animals is "majestic."|
|Who doesn't love a baby elephant?|
|I find this photo particularly fascinating- elephants, crocodiles, and hippos quietly existing together in one place.|
|This crocodile was prehistoric in its proportions. I could have reached over the side of our boat to pet it - but would never have dared to do so.|
|The zebras were shy.|
|So were the kudus. It took me all afternoon to get a shot like this.|
|The sunsets were breathtaking.|
Mulungu akhale nanu (God be with you),