After lots of preparation and packing we took off on the first leg of our trip to Kenya on Thursday afternoon (July 11). An easy leg, just a hop up to Atlanta. We checked four fifty-pound bags of medicine and supplies and fit our own personal items into carry-on duffles.
The first leg of our flight was easy. Got to Atlanta and had time for some very pricey drinks and food. A glass of wine was much more than I ever spend on a 1.5 liter bottle of wine! Anyway, it was good, we found our gate, and met another member of our team, Patrick, who also came from FL. Our overnight flight to Amsterdam wasn't too bad. I think I slept for about four hours.
In the Amsterdam airport, we came across the rest of our team and spent a little time getting to know each other. Everyone seems very nice, with a wide variety of mission and medical experience. Our flight to Nairobi was on a 747, and it takes a long time to load up that plane. I sat in-between Lisa and a man whose elbow was in my side for most of the trip. I slept a little, watched two movies (“Silver Linings Playbook” and “Oz: The great and powerful”) and started Eugene Peterson's book A Long Journey in the Same Direction, which is about a lifetime of discipleship.
When we arrived in Nairobi, we waited in a long, slow line for immigration, and found all of our bags but one. So I waited in line in baggage claim, and we finally got into our van and on the road to the Scripture Mission Conference House where we were just spending one night. Next, we do some orientation and drive to Kisii, where our clinic will be for the next week.