From Mongu to Shangombo in Zambia

This part of the trip was mostly uneventful….except when I was popped up in the air about a dozen times and getting knocked around in the back of the pick up truck on rough gravel roads. I now understand why the cost for travel and vehicles is so expensive here because they just get torn up from the rough roads they have to drive on these remote Oblate missions.image

The total trip took us about seven hours.  The first part of the trip was from Mongu to Sioma at 3 hrs. The second was another story from Sioma to Shamgombo…down seemingly unending stretches a rough roads. I felt like I was getting shot from a slingshot as the driver swung back and forth dodging holes and ruts knocking all of us to the ceiling slinging our dusty bodies back-and-forth over and over for 4 hours.  Now imagine what that does to a vehicle driving over this road back-and-forth from Shangombo Week after week! However we made in fine from the steady driving of Fr. Pius. All I can say is thank you.

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Author: John Wagner

I work for the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate in Belleville, Illinois in the USA. The Oblates are a Roman Catholic congregation of priests and brothers founded after the French Revolution by St. Eugene De Mazenod to work among the poor. Today there are nearly 4,000 missionaries working in more than 60 countries around the world.

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