Kruger National Park, South Africa
This week has been a special time for Cathy and me. We have celebrated our marriage of 40 years. We have talked about our life together and reflected on the goodness of God.
This time has included much laughter, a few tears and humbling thoughts. When we first entered this haven God began to speak to us.
Pictured above is one of our first animals to encounter. It is a Wild African Dog. He is waking up from a short nap before beginning another hunt. God sent a full pack to greet us when we entered the Kruger National Park.
This rare and endangered carnivore is a special sighting. The Latin name for this dog is the “painted wolf” and refers to the wild dog’s mottled coat. This is uniquely patterned in each dog. They live in packs of twelve to thirty dogs. They live cooperatively and catch larger prey as a result.
Cathy caught this dog in the middle of a stretch and big yawn. You can see the dominant teeth and massive jaw bone that consists of a very powerful bite. They have been known to actually kill kudu, wildebeest, zebra and even buffalo. As a group they accomplish more than any dog on his own.
This is a representation of our life together. We have done what is possible and God has done the impossible. We have seen dreams become reality. God has done things other say can’t happen.
You should see the look on Africans faces who realize we have been married for 40 years. The rare thought germinates as their eyes widen and they say, really? How wonderful it must be.
Our wedding bands speak from our hearts. They say in Hebrew, I will go where you go!
Thank you for sending us to touch the lives of others. Next week missionary Ted Carr takes me to visit Zimbabwe and orphan feeding stations throughout the country. We would appreciate your prayers. We pray that thanksgiving has been special for your family.
Cathy and Danny Sartin
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