Sunday, December 3, 2006

Wild Animals

I just got back from a couple days at camp with youth from several area churches. And yes there were wild animals there. and yes, monkeys are cute, but in the wild they're actually pretty annoying. (Note that the monkey at left didn't pick the orange he's holding.) Actually, they're entertaining as long as it's not your stuff that they're after. For a short while there was a rumor that anyone who could hit a monkey in the head with a rock would get a free coke. That was quickly corrected as the youth leader didn't want to give away that many cokes. :-D First they came and took away my friend Wisani's apple. Just as quickly as he walked away, a monkey scampered head-first down a pole and right over to within 3 feet of everyone, grabbed the apple and ran away. We all laughed as he yelled at the insidious creature on the roof.
But that wasn't all, just when I was practicing monkey-like skills myself (see photo) they came and grabbed my sunblock (which you NEED here) and ran up on the roof with that as well. After they bit a hole in it and realized that it really didn't taste as good as they'd hoped they left it kindly on the roof for me to fetch. ...the things you learn away from home.

And while we're on the topic of animals...they have the biggest crickets here,

and a lot of other things I've never seen in real life either, like cool multi-colored lizards and baboon. I went to two game reserves. Here are a few of the pictures, there are more on my photos page.

I enjoyed the time at camp. We heard some good preaching from the book of Ephesians, especially one message on 5:14-15 "...awake thou that sleepest...see then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools..." Many of us need to be awakened, again! God has a plan for our lives that we ought to strive to fulfill!

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