Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Returning to Africa

After twenty years, today I returned to Africa. My last trip was for six weeks as part of a college internship to Lusaka, Zambia. This time is for ten days with a team of eight adults working at Bethesda Outreach orphanage in South Africa.

It may have been due to jet lag and general travel exhaustion, but when we finally sat down for dinner with our hosts a flood of memories came back. Everything from the heat, the juice we drank and the overall feel of the place were powerful reminders of my previous visit. I didn't realize how strong the emotions and memories would be, even after twenty years.

God met our needs while traveling over the past two days. One team member got sick shortly into our fifteen hour flight across the Atlantic. Though the first half of the flight was very uncomfortable, she did feel better by the time we touched down.

Only one bag did not arrive with us. It has personal items for one team member, but nothing critical is lacking. That means all the supplies and contributions to the orphanage arrived without incident. None of our flights had any difficulties in the air or delays on the ground.