Saturday, February 16, 2008

Out to Africa

I’m in Africa. I arrived yesterday evening at about 10:30 and didn’t get to bed until around midnight. And of course I am nine hours ahead of Minnesota. That is called GMT+3 (Greenwich Mean Time). In summer I am only 8 hours ahead.

I’m here! I love it. The potholes in the road and the singing cicadas. I was so exhausted but could only sleep for about 6 hours. The morning was filled with the sounds so familiar to the Kenya I know: the gardeners and guards greeting in their low muffled voices, song birds answering each other. I couldn’t fall asleep again. So I helped myself to a bowl of African brand flakes, somehow heartier that my Post Raisin Brand. I found a little “finger” banana, the sweet, short ones to slice on the top.

When I laid down for a nap at 10:30 I didn't wake up again until 3:30. I guess I'm caught up again now. I still have a congested chest and cough. I hope to somehow get over before I leave for Tanzania on Tuesday.

Thank you to all who have prayed me here and for your continuing prayers. They are such a blessing. I still think that is hasn't all hit me that I am here, but I remember thinking last night -
I'm here! I made it!

PS - I changed the time on the blog to reflect this time zone. It changed all my past posts as well.

5 comments:

Ellen said...

Habari! Yea you got there safely! Soak in every moment of the sights, smells and sounds while they are still fresh.

Waldemar Family said...

I'm so glad you are there safe and sound. Yay that you could post right away! We miss you terribly, already.

B

Uganda trip 07 said...

Jan,
I can hear with you the sounds of Africa, the smells the voices...I am bit jealous. Where did you stay your 1st night. When I was single I always stayed at Mayfield hoping to find other singles and to hear the "Missionaries" stories at meal time. Thank you for being faithful to your calling. We are praying for you and will watch are your story unfolds. Greet the brothers and sisters there for us.
Blessings,
Tom

Grace&Glory said...

YAY! Jan's in Africa!!! =) I agree with Ellen blog the freshness. Then you'll have something to read when you need "re-freshness" We miss you and can't believe you are 9hours ahead and 10000miles away...yet we wouldn't wish you back. We prayed so hard to send you off!

Grace Lee said...

Dear Jan,
I'm glad you made it safely to Kenya.
Love,
Lee