Saturday, September 27, 2008

We made it!

Thanks for praying everyone!

We made it to London without a hitch, and everyone enjoyed final cups of Starbucks coffee and some of us even opted to purchase an "english breakfast."

We then boarded the plane bound for Nairobi and had the unfortunate circumstance of sitting on the tarmac for 2.5 hours, or so I am told, I slept through the whole thing.  It was the only sleep I had personally on the trip but it was a good sleep.  Thankfully even though we took off 2.5 hours late we managed to only be 1.5 hours late landing in Nairobi.  And, all but 1 bag made it.  After searching and searching we learned that it was somehow left in London, it should arrive tomorrow.

Most of our crew is at the guesthouse for the night, and three of us were lucky in that we get to bunk at Shane and Kara's house because the guesthouse ran out of (or gave away) a few of our rooms because we were late arriving.  We head out in about 5 hours to pick up the rest of the gang and head to Cheppema.

Not sure how much blogging will get done between now and when we get back.  I expect that the internet will be scarce if there is any.  Rest assured, we will keep you posted as much as we can.

Alright.  I'm off to get some sleep.  

Friday, September 26, 2008

What a difference a year makes!


A year ago I wrote this post about my day in the slums of Kibera with a mission team of Crosspointe Church who was serving in Cheppema and visiting Special Ministries.

I was mostly there because a good friend of mine was on that team, and we all know that when you live on the other side of the world you will do just about anything to see a good friend, and after having the car accident, the court appearances, the conviction and so much more, I was eager to take the 5 1/2 hour African bus-ride to meet up with them.  To put it lightly I needed the encouragement.

Little did I know when I met up with my old friend that he would become my boss, or that when I met this guy who has a similar heart for Africa that I would be boarding a plane with him and a group to Kenya, or that when I met this amazing woman that I would have the pleasure of learning from her incredible example on a daily basis and working at the most incredible church I have ever encountered.  Little did I know, when I met this small group of leaders from Crosspointe church, that I would become one of them.



Thursday, September 25, 2008

This time tomorrow...

We will be getting close to London Heathrow airport.

17 of us are boarding a plane tomorrow bound for London and then Nairobi, Kenya where we will crash for a night before we head to Cheppema where we will spend 10 days at the Cheppema Hope Center of Special Ministries. The team will keep a blog at their Team blog site.

And of course, I will keep you up to date here as well.

So come along, enjoy the ride, and get a glimpse of what a difference a small group of people can make in the lives of a group of kids in East Africa and what a difference they will also make in our lives.

And for those keeping track...this trip will add flights 47, 47, 49 and 50 to my list so far this year. Sheesh!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Ghosts, Goblins, Jesus and Santa...

I went to Lowe's today.  I wanted to get casters to put on the legs of my desk.  I walked and was greeted by a ghost, then a phantom of the opera like blow up ornament, then a Christmas tree, a Nativity and of course a blow up Santa for your front yard....

Am I wrong, or does it feel incredibly out of place and early to have Christmas stuff hitting the stores already?

I mean really?  How many of you are buying a Christmas tree this weekend?  

On a different note, I went to bed with the furnace/ac off last night and the windows open.  I realized as I went to bed that I have not experienced autumn (my utmost favorite season of the year) since 2005!  I LOVE LOVE LOVE the brisk mornings, the smell of the leaves and the crunching they make under my feet, the sunsets, the changing colors and the need to curl up with a blanket on the couch and cuddle up with a book...

Thursday, September 18, 2008

4 days

I had my phone line installed on monday.

I received my first phone call from a solicitor today.

4 days people.  That is pretty fast turn around.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Tylenol PM

I had a killer headache that was keeping me awake last night.  At 1am I took tylenol PM.  

I am still feeling the effects.  I missed my run.  I missed my morning chill out time, and quite frankly I am beginning to wonder if my brain is missing too.

I hope it wears off soon.

Monday, September 15, 2008

What if God said...

"I have a plan.  It doesn't make sense, but I am going to do things you can't fathom.  I want you to go to someplace you have never been and after you get there, you and your people will be enslaved for hundreds of years, and people will be cruel, and hateful in ways that you could not imagine, and you will also experience famine, and hardship, but I will eventually punish those who enslave you, and your descendants will go away with great possessions."

Would you go?

Just wondering...

I had this thought most of yesterday and it continues today...

What if we elected a government based on the impact their decisions might be able to have around the rest of the world instead of merely just on how their decisions might impact us locally?



Thursday, September 11, 2008

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

10-3=7

It has been an AWESOME week. I have rested, exercised, enjoyed taking time out with my brother, sister in law and new nephew. It has been rejuvenating, and refreshing, and did I mention I read an entire book without falling asleep? I usually don't make it past the first three sentences before I start nodding off. I am halfway through book number two. YIKES!

There was a lot of fun and rest packed into the last 6 days, and there should have been a lot more packed into the next 4, but Ike decided to take a course that has set forth a plan of evacuation. Tomorrow afternoon I will board a plane bound for Raleigh, three days earlier than planned, and although I will have had 7 days with my brother and his family, it hardly seems like enough...

There is a lot to get done in the next 24 hours. My brother has to evacuate US Navy planes Thursday morning, Jennifer and Connor will head to a friends house further inland sometime Thursday as well. Tomorrow is not only my packing day (which really won't take long) but also preparation day for their house, and for their little family to scatter across the southwest and hunker down.

I am bummed. I have really enjoyed the last several days with Jennifer, Connor and Matt. I must admit, I feel a little robbed, but at the same time, there is probably some good in me having a day or two to re-engage when I get back.

See you soon Raleigh and Cary...see you soon.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

I'm out.

The to do list is nearly complete, as complete as it can get.
My boarding passes are printed.
My bags still aren't packed.
Although I have no desire to board a plane, my excitement is building.



In about 8 hours I will take a ride to the airport and board a plane number 43 to see my brother, sister in law and new nephew.  I get to stay and hang out with my family for 10 days, and I am stoked.  I am stoked about cooking, cleaning, changing dirty diapers, reading, encouraging my bro and his wife, and just being useful to them.  I love that my brother and I get along so well and that the idea of 10 days with them isn't horrifying but exciting.  I truly am blessed.

I am stoked also as I am NOT taking my computer.  I think this is the first trip in at least 5 years that I did not carry a computer on the plane.  It feels weird, but it is necessary.  When I finish this blog post I will box it up, send it to Apple Inc. and they will do some necessary repairs and hopefully it will be waiting for me when I return.

I better get, there is still packing to do, and my ride is coming to get me at 4:30am tomorrow!  Yikes.  

Monday, September 01, 2008

Forty one and two

Indianapolis?

Yep, I am in Indy, for a few more hours.  Was this trip planned?  No.  

I got a call at 4 am on Saturday morning from one of my closest friends, her daughter was in the hospital and doctors were talking about drilling a hole in her head.  Quite miraculously I was on my way to the airport within an hour.  Miraculously in that I had the money in my account, miraculously in that the cost of the ticket was less than a usual ticket bought weeks in advance...

Sleep deprived I arrived in Indianapolis at 10:30 saturday morning, and my mom took me from the airport to the Hospital.  I then realized that Indianapolis is become less of home in that I couldn't remember where it was!  I used to pride myself on my savvy knowledge of the streets of Indianapolis.

Anyhow, later on in the afternoon I was driving Lisa's other daughter to the hospital to visit mama and her big sister, and Makenna saw an airplane.  In her cute 3 year old voice she said, "Miss Pam, I see an airplane.  Do you live on an airplane?"

If only she knew.  Flights forty one and two are added to my list today.  Forty three, four, five and six will be added in the next two weeks.  I will hit flight 50 on my way back from Kenya in October.  

I selfishly hope to not add 51 before Christmas.