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Soapbox Short Term Mission Trip to Ndola, Zambia

We spent the first two weeks of the trip doing building work for a local charity called Mechanics for Africa in the town of Ndola in Northern Zambia, on the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo. We were building two guest houses on their site for the trustees to stay in when they were visiting, which were also to be used as holiday homes to generate some income for the charity on top of that from the vehicle workshop. The foundations had already been laid when we arrived, so we started off at ground level and managed to build up to above the door frames of both houses, which are bungalows, so apart from the roof there was not much needing to be done once we left. We then spent the remaining week doing painting and decorating of a building in the Kaniki Bible College, which is also in Ndola.

I really enjoyed my time in Zambia and feel I learnt a lot – about myself and my faith, and also about the area and the local people. I love Africa and the culture and would very much like to return in the future. I would like to thank the church for the money they kindly donated to support me in this trip that has enabled me to become a fully fledged brick-layer!

Riverside Church has built links with the Mechanics For Africa project over many years, from the days of Reap and Africa Quest, and including the first two Soapbox trips in 2002 and 2003 which Roger Lynch led. If you would be interested in going on a short-term mission trip, then get in touch with Riverside’s Overseas Team (AROMA) who will be happy to talk through what options are available and how to get the ball rolling.