Friday, November 14, 2008

Food distribution day and animal photos you won't make it to National Geographic magazine

At the beginning of each month, we deliver food to homes with orphans and people with disabilities. It always makes for a very busy but fulfilling day. Here are photos of our last food distribution day.

As excited as a child on Christmas morning, Felipe (above) watches as Jorge separates his home’s portion of dried fish, beans, rice, maize, etc.

One of Jorge’s (left) many responsibilities is to purchase and help manage and distribute food supplies for the mission’s feeding programs. Here he’s explaining to Matthew (right), our office administrator, how he fills out the control sheets.

Measuring out portions of maize into each family's basket. Right now, maize is about worth its weight in gold since last year’s crops failed badly because of flooding. This year's hungry season (when grain stores run out) arrived early and is widespread. There is a steady stream of requests for help.

During each visit, we evaluate the home to make sure everyone is well. We take time to discuss any concerns or other needs they may have then join together in a time of prayer with them.

Women walking away with baskets full of maize and joyful hearts!

Part 2: Photos of wildlife that will never make it into National Geographic magazine. 

Dwight and I spent this past weekend in Kruger National Park, alone, for the sole purpose of taking a break from the steady grind of work. This was a first for us on our own, since we usually only go to the park when we have visitors. It was a short time, but a great time as always. And of course for me, it’s just one great photo op (to use the term loosely)! Like most people, I usually try to put my best shots on display, but this time I want to share the less-than-ideal ones instead. 

An Impala, from the back. At least the bird posed for me.
That pre-mock charge pose would be more impressive if it weren't for the grass stuck between your trunk and your tusk, Mr. Elephant. But thanks for at least looking our way.

Real wild-life-ish. This Vervet monkey and his friends found a great cache of treats in a garbage can with no safety lid. 

Total vulnerability (or not). It may not be the proud-lion pose, but he is looking at the camera--isn't he??

This Kudu was looking straight at the camera just a few seconds earlier. Really. He was.

Not sure I would do that if I were lion food!

Checking out the humans' favourite hang-out places. (Not the well sealed garbage can in the background. Most of them are like this. The monkey in the above photo just got lucky.)

This baby Baboon was far too intrigued with his twin's tail to look at the camera.

Sigh. Another one walking away. Oh well, if she has a joyful heart it's all good.


Amanda said...

hahahaha.... I LOVE the pictures!!!

Russoft said...

Cool pictures mom, especially considering they're "less than ideal".

The Nelson's Dog Patch said...

Those were such entertaining pics Lynn! I'm here at Dolly's until Sat or Sun a.m. then I'll catch a bus to Edmonton & we'll spend Sunday with your 'offspring' :)