Praise God for a safe trip to Kenya! We left Georgia for the airport at 2:30pm on Thursday and after 24 hours of travel, a seven hour time change, and many laps around the aisles of the plane with Beau, we touched down in Nairobi at 9:30pm (local time) Friday night. Although we got our visas rather quickly, we spent the next two hours IN baggage claim locating, organizing, stacking, carrying/pushing, accidentally dumping, re-stacking, and loading around 120 pieces of luggage for our group of 33 people – 15 adults and 18 children. (Thank you so much to those who met us at the airport and helped us get things transported across the road, up the sidewalk, and loaded in the vehicles!) A little after midnight, we left the airport and got to bed around 2:30am.
All things considered, Beau was a pretty good traveler (except for a couple “I-bet-I-can-scream-louder-than-any-baby-on-an-airplane-ever-has-for-10-minutes” moments). He has already been adopted by the swarm of other MK’s (missionary kids) in our group, from watching the airplanes with him at the airport to walking out on the playground in Nairobi with kids calling out “It’s Beau!”
Although he seems to have adjusted his schedule pretty well already for the time change, he has had some difficulty with falling and staying asleep at night.
We’ve been given these first few days to rest up and adjust to the time change, and it has also been a great time to get to know other missionaries – some we will be serving with at Rift Valley Academy and some serving in other locations throughout Africa. At breakfast Saturday morning, I was talking with another missionary who has been serving in Africa for a while. God provided some wonderful words of encouragement for what we will be doing when this woman said, “Rift Valley Academy is such an important place. There are so many missionaries in Africa who wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for RVA.
We will be leaving Nairobi on Tuesday and heading to another area of Kenya for three weeks of ABO (Africa Based Orientation). After that time, we will finally make our way to RVA during the first week of August.
Thank you so much for all your prayers and support! We wouldn’t be here without God’s provision or your support.