The team made it to their final destination in Homa Bay!!
A quick update of their travels from Alicia:
Phew! That was a loooooong couple days of travel, but we are finally here–YAY!The majority of us met at the Spokane Airport at 10:00AM the morning of the 18th. We made it out of Spokane with only a slight hiccup (Jeanna’s name on her reservation didn’t match her name on her passport), and landed in Minneapolis at 4:47PM local time. With a 3 hour layover, a group of us headed to the Promised Land (Chick Fil A–Praise Jesus from whom all blessings flow!), and we walked the airport until our plane arrived.
When it did, the flight was overbooked by 10 people and we had 10 people in our group at this point…we seriously considered taking the $600 Target gift cards to switch our flight to the next day (as Shelbi said, “We could have a seriously good time with $600 each at Target!”, but alas, we boarded the plane for our 7:34PM departure.
The flight was, thankfully, uneventful. The majority of us tried to sleep in order to get on Kenya time, and some of us were even lucky enough to be awake for the passing out of dinner trays. Upon landing in Amsterdam, we met up with the rest of our team, (who started their journey in the Tri Cities). With only a short 2 hour layover in Amsterdam, some people decided to branch out and try something new and totally out of their American-comfort-zone–Starbucks. We then boarded our second 8-hour flight of the trip, this time to Nairobi.
We landed in Nairobi at about 10:00PM local time, and were warmly welcomed by David’s friends and family who drove us to David’s beautiful home about 20 minutes from the airport. We had a short 3-4 hour nap at David’s home, then woke up at 4:30AM to head back to the airport at 5:00AM. We enjoyed a short 30 minute flight into Kisumu, where we then piled into a bus, and stopped for a quick and delicious breakfast.
We then loaded back onto the bus, and made the 2 hour drive to Homa Bay. I can’t put into words the beauty of the drive between Kisumu and Homa Bay–towering mountains, green fields, the expansive Lake Victoria; cows and goats and dogs roaming freely; men, women, and children running along the streets, pointing and yelling “mzungu!!” (which means “a white man” or “person of English decent”) as we drove by. Jesus is ever-present and moving here in Kenya, and I am so excited to see how He will include us in that in the coming weeks.
With just a quick taste of Africa’s gorgeous views and people, I can already confidently say that we are in for some life-changing experiences while we are here.
“Let the Heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad;
let the sea resound, and all that is in it.
Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them;
let all of the trees of the forest sing for joy.”
“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–
His eternal power and divine nature–
have been clearly seen, being understood from what has
been made, so that people are without excuse.”