Saturday, August 30, 2008

Journey to Africa - leg #1 - London





Thursday Aug 28, 2008

Well it was quite a day, but in simple summary I left at 4:00 EST for Chicago O’Hare. The car trip went well and I found an offsite place to park that was not too bad.

The flight to London was 8 hours long and left at 9:00 pm CST and arrived 11:00 GMT. I was unable to sleep on the plane and this is quite a feat for me as I can sleep nearly anywhere. I was in the center section of 5 across in the plane, but did not have anyone on either side of me. The seat arm rests would not lift enough to get them out of the way, so it did not matter. The ride was rough as large planes go and I barely nodded off. I did get to see Prince Caspian and I have to admit that was nice.

I left the airport in London as I had an 8 hour layover and took the one hour train ride into town. I went downtown and say MANY statues, Buckingham Palace, the guards, LOTS and LOTS of people, double decker busses everywhere and small taxis. I had a great time. I was exhausted by the time I returned to the airport, but I was able to get a fair amount of pictures.

I am currently waiting in the airport for my connection to Nairobi Kenya tired enough to fall asleep at the table. Hopefully this will allow me to sleep on the plane as we will arrive in Nairobi at 8:00 am local time and I am sure we will need to be ready to go.

Please pray for strength and health on the trip that I will be able to hold up under pressure.

Please pray for wisdom and guidance as I try to determine what God is trying to tell me in regards to this opportunity. Also pray that the barriers that are hindering be removed.

The family is home and looking forward to school and the first soccer games this Saturday. If you have a chance to drop an encouraging note to my family while I am gone that would be greatly appreciated.

Friday August 30, 2008

After another long flight (9 hours) I arrived with Bruce from Living Water at about 9:00 am this morning. I have not slept in 30 hours or so and I am getting very tired. I took a very hot shower and I feel much better – a ½ nap will be good also.

I had a great seat neighbor, a young girl about Adrianne’s age on her way home. I really enjoyed talking with her.

We have arrived at our hotel, it’s the Fairview Inn (http://www.fairviewkenya.com/) if you want to check it out. It’s very, very nice.

The first impression I have of the place is much like Mexico. Block and cement, rich and poor living in close proximeity to each other with much disconnect, walls and gate, Lots of dirt and trash.

A team is arriving this evening and there will be lots to do as we make preparations for them.

Love you all and I will keep in touch as best I can,

Eric in London (the closest I have ever been to London Fogg)

Eric now in Nairobi, Kenya

1 comment:

  1. My Prayers are with you brother. That looks like a really big city.

    God bless,

    Brian

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