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May 19, 2010

Just Passing Through

As I'm typing this, I'm sitting in a business center at the Inter-Continental in Johannesburg, South Africa.  Yep, not exactly in the plans for this day.  Where you all are, its about 4am, but for me, its a ripe 10:05, African time!  When we got to JFK and got our itineraries yesterday, something looked a little odd.  I did the math in my head and figured out that our 3-4 hour layover in Joburg was more like a 26-hour stay.  But I just really hoped that I was wrong.  I wish.  What this all means is that we had to find a room for the night.  What a blessing for us that there is a great hotel right across the road from the airport.  Greg was able to use his priority-member points and we're all checked in to two rooms.  So far, Africa is great!  Our flight was really a breeze, and it was only 14 hours, compared with the 17 we were expecting AND we got to witness our first African sunrise from somewhere over Namibia!  Granted, I've only seen the airport and this hotel, but everyone we've encountered has been so friendly and obliging, and I can't wait to get to Zimbabwe and really get into this trip. 
Here, they're preparing for the Fifa World Cup.  Funny, because last time I was overseas (Germany in 2005), we were stuck in the middle of them preparing for the cup.  There's such an air of expectation when a country is about to host a huge event like this.  Everything is getting dressed up and readied for the masses that are about to descend on this nation. 
If I'm being honest, I was a bit apprehensive about going on this trip.  Ok, I was a lot apprehensive.  It's one thing to talk about it and raise support and even to take a vaccine or two, but it suddenly became all-too real when my parents dropped me off at the Hubbard's on Monday.  In reality, I did really well.  I barely cried, and the fact is, I've been away from home for much longer.  Heck, I've even been overseas for longer.  But there was just something about this trip that's scary.  Maybe it is that everything is so unknown and I'm not exactly sure what to expect.  Maybe it's the feeling that what I'm about to see and experience is going to break me clean in two.  At some moments, I've even thought about June 3rd, when I get to step back on US soil, and wished for that day to come swiftly.  But amongst all of that, I know that I need to be present in this experience.  This is by far the most adventurous trip I've ever been on.  It's exciting and new and already a blast.  I don't want to wish it away.  I want to savor every moment, every sight, every smile, every tear.  
Thank you so much to those of you who are supporting me and my team, whether it be financially or in prayer (or both!) while we are on this adventure!  I love you all and can't wait to share my stories and pictures with you! 

1 comment:

  1. "BE HERE NOW." The La Vida mantra. And by "here" they mean wherever you are. Which is over there. So invest and dig down deep. Take hold of everything God will show you. And I know you, and you won't want to come home. Enjoy :) Praying for you.

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