Trey is the best baby EVER! It has helped that we have been seated by really nice people who play with him and don’t get annoyed at the occasional kick in the ribs. But still! He has been great! The flight to Detroit he was awake most of the time but very well behaved. On the 7 1/2 hours to Amsterdam he slept quite a bit but patiently read books and waved at the other passengers when awake.
In about an hour we leave for Accra. That flight could be tough – 6 1/2 hours with him wide awake the whole time.
I’m sitting with our luggage in the Tampa Airport waiting for our flight in about 30 minutes. Trey is having a blast with Heidi in the playground area.
Our strategy – let him run, run, run, run, run, run… so that he sleep, sleep, sleeps on the plane.
Here we are with Heidi’s parents before leaving:
Many people have asked us “Will you have internet access in Ghana?” The answer (to my great relief) is “Yes!”
The Medical Centre uses a satellite phone to send and receive email. I’m not sure what the charges are at this point but I’ve been assured it is perfectly fine for checking email and can even allow the occasional online shopping spree (though I’d guess any shipping & handling fees to Nalerigu would be outrageous!).
In addition, whenever we are in the capitol city of Accra or when I go to Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire we will have high speed internet access. As a “plan B” though, I’ve setup a feature on this blog that lets us to post via email. In fact, this post was sent as an email and the blog automatically retrieves the message and makes the subject line the headline and the message the post body.
So don’t worry – we’ll be updating the site regularly and you can still contact us via email (no large attachments please).
Our church has really changed over the past 4 years since we first attended. They have gotten past a lot of the inner turmoil and bickering and are now truly becoming a “mission minded” church. Not only have they tremendously helped us out with our upcoming mission trip, but they are also sending a team of 4 members to Cameroon tomorrow to begin engaging the Hausa people group.
This morning we had a commissioning service to commit to the Lord all those who will be traveling and to ask for His protection and guidance on the journey. The service was also exciting because two of the guys from our Sunday School class were baptized. We can’t say enough how blessed we are through our church family – we couldn’t ask for a more supportive and caring group of friends.
Tonight our Sunday School class gathered at Tyler & Amy Ross’ house for a cookout and time of prayer for our trip. Trey had a blast playing with his pals one last time and we were greatly encouraged by the support of all of our friends. Here are some images from the event:
We thank God for answering our prayers and providing for all of our travel expenses. SFBC just called us to let us know how much money was raised at the pancake breakfast and from individual people’s contributions. All of our travel expenses have been covered and we will have some extra money to purchase supplies to deliver to the hospital and missionary personnel on the field.
If you contributed in any way we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Every time we have gone on a mission trip our friends and family have stepped up and made it financially possible. So thank you for making our opportunities to serve realities.