We spent today (Saturday) at the Moreson Lion Park, approximately 1 1/2 hours from the Thrive Base. Before I get into all that, the reason we didn’t do ministry today is because of the number of funerals in Intabazwe on Saturdays. Few families are home, and pastors are busy officiating.  According to Thrive’s most recent statistic, a South African dies of AIDS every one minute. I have a hard time wrapping my mind around those numbers. How is that possible? DSC_0192

Okay, back to the lion park…Check out the picture below.  Yes, this is Troy and me playing with baby lions. Actually, these babies are more like out-of-control teenagers. And based on their feisty attitude and attempts to eat Troy’s leg, I’d say they’re about two weeks from being promoted to the big-boy pen.


After a short safari, during which we saw lions, tigers and a more-than-slightly mental wildebeast (Not kidding. He was nuts), we had the privilege (?) of watching the 2:30 feeding of the BIG lions. Honestly, I could have lived without the PG-13 show, especially after eating lunch. But the guys were completely captivated.

As the workers heaved horse carcass (again, not kidding) through the fence, I looked for the weakest member of our group. Everyone knows if a lion escapes on a rampage, you merely have to outrun the slowest person to survive.

100_5292100_5253Thank the Lord in heaven, Lauren (a.k.a. “Lion Bait”) is wearing a rather heavy and confining boot on her right leg, prescribed by her doctor as a result of a basketball injury.

Piece ‘a cake. I can outrun her, no problem.