Welcome to My Journal We will fly Over New York Portuguese airspace Over Spain & the Mediterranean Sea then Egypt To addis Ababa 33000 feet cruising
It 3:49 pm our time and we are well above the Atlantic ocean. Over 4800 miles to go to addis and the super nifty little map says that we are approaching nighttime. At what point are we supposed to try to sleep? The thing is, we arrive in Ethiopia at 7 am and we will have been up the entire time. We have to rest. Coupons and sominex to the rescue. Richards legs are achey and he has taken a Motrin and 1 pill, Ammi took 1 and I doubled up with 2. eventually it should kick in and help us rest.
The plane is huge- 3-3-3 and several rows are not full. The team is dispersed throughout the plane and it gives us a nice opportunity to get up and walk around. As soon. As we boarded, the attendants gave us new headsets, pillows and blankets, all wrapped up. Shortly after the first meal they came around and handed out sleeping masks.
We each have a tv screen in the chair back and a menu of new movies, tv shows, discovery and games to play through the touch screen. It is very nice. The monitor also has a map loop that shows us where we are in flight, how far to go and where the sun is in relation. Fancy :)
Ammi is on her second movie and Richard and I have watched 1 and read a bit. I think the plan is to start trying to sleep.
7:02 pm our time- - the night sky is impenetrable, then we begin to pass over the continent of Africa. As we fly over Algiers, the lights outline the huge land mass like a children's light bright. I can feel my heart beat harder, faster. It is amazing. It Is certainly worth waking Richard, who has finally been able to stretch out his long legs and get some rest.
Why are lights so mesmerizing? I cannot help but think of parallels. Africa is called the dark continent for many reasons, yet as we travel over this spiritually dark area, the light is ever present. It cannot be hidden, He cannot be covered by any cloak. Just as the electrical currents flow through to illuminate the cities below, the blood of Christ that flows over His people is what keeps us shining.
Our team is not on this plane to do good deeds. We are not here to help others. We are here to reflect back to the others the love that the Lord has for us. Certainly, everyone doesn't have to go all of the way to Africa to share God's love, but someone does.
And what I see out of my window right now is that light is all the more glorifying when surrounded by darkness.
In love, Leigh
All arrived on time All happy spirits and loving heart No egos.... All focused on our Fathers plan.
Bags go through, no questions concerns or extra fees This is in the reference that there where at least 7 different occasions for our bags to be pulled, weighed and examined. However, all that was lost is saved under His direction. Flight attendants where amazing Food was great Flight was smooth as well
Customs was uneventful Bags all arrived Everything fit on bus
I had the oppertunity to ride shotgun in the van.
An experience I will never forget Uganda is stunning From the rainbow painted sunrise To the majestic Lake Victoria To the rolling hills To ancient forest The burning cane fields To the smiles of the warm hearted people that passed by
I stand in the presence of the Holy Spirit. I feel the energy pulsate through the ground. I feel it as I pull up through the driveway met by children that all they wanted to do was to hold my hand To know my name For me to now theirs They yearn to matter
They yearn to be loved
So I stand at the end of the day with the truth of what is meant to be in God's plan. One question remains ringing in my ear. It begins to tear me apart. It begins to shred who I am. It begins to break the rest of the parts that I am just realizing are there.....
Unassuming , innocently asked, "why did you come from your world to here? Why do you care.?" Not a grammatical error , but a clear understanding that what I was doing did not make sense. There is no logic pattern. Why would I stand in front of him, with my wife and child?
World? Is what I was doing so unusual to be compared to the realm of astrophysics ? Who does he understand God to be? Does that little man think I am here for my purpose. It rips me apart to know that all he wants to know is that someone out there simply wants to live and do anything for him.....
It is NOT about me. It's not about MY expectation It's not about My needs.
It's about the all encompassing mission of our Father....
Don't do anything but share Love Be the representation of who Jesus is.... Love Encourage and share the message of the gospel Love
Everything our Father ever wanted from us was
Here I am God Heart wide open Rip it out Cast it as far as the East is from the West You sent me I will be your Love