I was about to board my plane in San Francisco when I got an email from one of my team members--Tom Brown who lives in cleveland. He informed me that he would not be meeting me in Amsterdam because his flight to Detroit was canceled and he would not make the connections. That was 15 minutes before I boarded the my plane. He said he would arrive on Monday night (instead of Saturday night with me.)
I was supposed to meet the rest of the team in Amsterdam. "Supposed to." I got on my plane from S.F. walked to the other end of the airport to board my next flight to Entebbe, Uganda. I looked for my other team members. They were now where to be seen. I boarded and presumed they would follow.
When they announced that the door was closed and I didn't see me other team members, I knew something was up. Well, I got to Entebbe at 10:15 pm and no one else had arrived with me. I had been traveling for 22 hours and had no ideas where anybody was. I did find those who were to take me to the School. They didn't believe me that the others had not come with me. But true.
With no way to contact anyone about who was where etc. We drove the 1 1/2 hrs to the school and I went to sleep, exhausted as all get out. At 8:45 a.m. I was able to get internet connectivity on my I-pad and I read a brief email from one of my other team members telling me they were arriving (with the exception of Tom Brown) at 9 a.m. that was in 15 minutes and we were 90 minutes from the airport. the drivers hurried over to the airport to get them.
In the mean time our team had been asked to preach in one of the local churches. Before the trip I had planned on letting one of the other team members do it. They, on the other hand, had decided to let me do it (they were enroute to Uganda!) So I" volunteered" to do it. They also asked me if I would do the Bible study which meets an hour before church! Having done a lot of traveling in Africa and always prepared for everything (well, just about everything), the Holy Spirit (and pre-planning) gave me the words to say. Church finished at 2 p.m. I was exhausted!
I got back to the school and at "crashed," fell asleep at 5 p.m. They tried to wake me, to no avail, for dinner--twice! I did get a good sleep and had to teach at 8:30 on Monday morning. Now I am exhausted again.
Most of the team is here; we're still waiting for one more who arrives tonight. Oh...BTW... the electricity was off all day today. So my powerpoint for the class wasn't available. But we had a super great discussion time and it was a great first day. I think it is going to be a great time here and look forfward to the other "exciting events" to unfold.
Keep us in your prayers. We need to be sustained by them. Thank you.