A Taste of Missionary Life

Bridget has been feeling a bit sick since we started traveling; this morning the discomfort had progressed to pain. Of course we have no idea what we will find when we get to Zambia; we do know we won’t be able to run down to the pharmacy and fill a prescription. So I’m running around Virginia trying to get what we need before we go, all the while with an eye on the clock so we don’t miss our flight.

All sorted; but I’m starting to get a foretaste of the lack of convenience missionaries must face on a regular basis.

Pray for Bridget’s health.


Blogging the Journey

Ever wonder how long it would take to get from Lubbock, Texas to Lusaka, Zambia?

Me too, so I’m timing this journey door to door.

00:27:49 – Arrive at Lubbock Airport
01:07:30 – checked in and through security; start blogging

02:25:30 – Wheels up in Lubbock

03:35:00 – Landed in Dallas

08:20:00 – Leaving Dallas (flight delayed, people sitting in the wrong seats, blah blah blah…)

11:25:50 – Landed in DC; no worries with baggage, shuttle, hotel

13:58:58 – Just came back from the hotel restaurant, where I ate the best burger I’ve had in a long time, while watching the Lakers beat the Suns; a little bit upset that *not* *one* of the vending machines in this hotel work, but all in all quite content.  First leg of the journey complete.  8 hours to Ethiopia followed by 8 hours to Zambia tomorrow…

22:58:55 – Back at Dulles, getting ready to board Ethiopian Airlines to Addis Ababa…

24:48:00 – Leaving DC…

33:36:07 – On the ground in Rome.  Note to self – ask lots of questions about your itinerary when flying to Africa.  Apparently our 8 hour flight from DC to Addis Ababa, is actually an 8-hour flight to Rome, and then a 5-hour continuation to Addis Ababa.  Little more than we bargained for.  Also, we somehow got bumped from our booked seats to the very back of the plane, so it’s going to be interesting trying to make our connection…

40:11:59 – Scramble for connection to Zambia.  Ethiopian Airlines is pretty good, imo… the food and service were great as far as I’m concerned… BUT, they have really tight connection times, and when the plane leaves late on your first leg, it makes it really difficult.  Especially if you are at the back of the plane.  But we scrambled though the terminal in Addis and are now on the plane getting ready to take off to Harare, Zimbabwe and then Lusaka, Zambia (thought this was a direct flight also; again, pays to ask questions about the itinerary).  Seats on this plane are really tight…

46:44:00 – On the ground in Lusaka! Can’t wait to get out of this tight airplane seat…

50:03:53 – At Mapepe!!! More than 2 full days, door to door.  We might have gotten in a little bit under 48 hours if not for the interesting detour… maybe more about that later.  No problems in the airport though – smooth sailing through Immigration and Customs, all the bags arrived, and our ride was there.  Lots of people here at Mapepe; spending the night at a lodge until things calm down some. Exhausted… hope we don’t have jetlag too bad.

A bit long, at times uncomfortable, but all in all not bad.  Praise God for His favor throughout.

Update From Sunset – May 8, 2010

Hello everybody,

It has been a while since I’ve updated the blog, so I thought it would be a good idea to let everybody know how things are with Bridget and me.

School continues to go well.  This fourth term is not nearly so busy as the third one was, but I think that we are probably a bit exhausted.  The cumulative effect of the entire year is starting to take its toll.  But we’re still going.  We still have a couple of major assignments due by the end of the term.  We have a 10 page paper on marriage, divorce, and remarriage, a church history timeline, and a missions paper to complete, all before finals.

With all that, we are also getting ready for our mission trip to Zambia.  We leave the day after our last final (something I suspect we may regret), so we have to do our preparations as we go along.  Otherwise there just won’t be any time to do it before we go.  Looking forward to that time, and we’ll do our best to keep you updated as we go along.  Right now we have all our travel arrangements made, including our visas.  That in itself is a blessing, because we are hearing horror stories from folks who are having all kinds of issues getting visas for their mission fields.

I’m doing a bit more teaching as well.  I’ve had a few bible class opportunities around the Sunset church; they’ve been beneficial for me, and hopefully for others as well.

We’re still finding time for fun. It was Bridget’s birthday 3 weeks ago and we had a great day – breakfast at ihop, shopping, and of course, gifts.  We have lots of impromptu date nights, and even a few planned ones.  It’s good to have each other to lean on so that our brains don’t explode with all this studying we have to do.

The second half of summer is what we’re really looking forward to.  After we get back from Zambia, Ezra, Nyla, and Noah will all be here visiting for a month.  We’re planning out some (hopefully) fun activities for them, and just generally excited about seeing them all.  I’m also looking forward to reading a book that isn’t required for school (ignore the reading list to the right).

I’m glad to be here in school, but I definitely miss Bermuda right now.  We probably won’t make it home before Christmas this year (if then), and with May 24 around the corner I am thinking about summer activities on the island that we’ll miss.  And of course our family and friends.  Drop us a line or an email sometime.