Sunday, January 23, 2011

Africa Is Drawing Near

I'm sure this will be the first of many posts in the coming weeks about our trip to Africa. For those of you who did not know, Mandy and I will be in Tanzania from February 10-27. Our dear friends Brian and Nicole are living in the village of Chamwino this year, so we are going to spend a few weeks with them. We will get to see how and where they are living and experience what they are experiencing. We will work with a school where they have been involved and I will get to preach at their church, which will be an interesting experience since I will need a translator. We will also get to go on a 4 day, 3 night safari, where we will be camping out in the Serengeti each night. Needless to say, we are incredibly excited about that opportunity.

We have been planning this trip for months, but it is just now beginning to feel like it is really going to happen. We just got all of our shots this past week so that made the trip feel imminent. Tonight we are having coffee with Kedmon and Pendo, two friends of ours who are from Chamwino. They are living in the States right now as Kedmon works on his doctorate, and Brian and Nicole are living in their house for the year. It will be great to ask them questions about what we can expect during our trip. They are full of wisdom and will undoubtedly increase our excitement for the trip.

As more details get ironed out regarding the specifics of our trip, I will be sure to let you know about them. We would greatly appreciate your thoughts and prayers for us as we prepare for this trip, and especially during our times of travel.

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