Compression Socks

Compression Socks
August 8, 2016 Suzan Bellis
In Blog Posts

August 5 -Day 1

We gathered at the church for prayer with a few friends and family and then made our way from Albany to PDX for our flight.  Almost all the way to the airport, about one and a half hours, we spend talking about previous trips to the same area and other mission trips we have taken to other places and all the surprises that seem to come with these sorts of opportunities.  It’s about this time my compression socks begin to itch.  These knee high wonders that everyone said would spare my legs on the long journey were probably more of a hassle than they are worth.  Mission trips to faraway places are usually best packed for with “going minimal” in mind.  The farther you go, really the less you take along is better. There is not much to say about our flights except they were uneventful which in this day is a blessing.  Lots of reading, videos and trying to sleep.  Although the team pretty much agrees that sleep didn’t happen.  We arrived at midnight Nairobi time, about 22 hours after we left Portland.  One small blessing- my misdated visa didn’t raise any alarms at the Nairobi airport and we all got through without any fuss.

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The main thrust of our trip is the hope of turning a small tin shed school building into something a bit more substantial and possibly create a two story facility to house even more of the wonderful children who attend here. Each of the men on this trip will share over the next few weeks about their experience here and the people we meet. There is something different about leaving on a mission trip than any type of “vacation” you might take.  There is a sense that we don’t know what awaits, even after all the planning. This is different than a vacation someone might plan for months in advance.  Also, different from a leisure trip is the idea of not wanting to waste a moment, far different from sandy beaches and the relaxation that idle time brings.  This is a mission in two senses, we desire of course, to work hard on the facility but we also hope to connect with the people and share our faith with them as they share life with us.   Psalm 143:8

“Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust.

Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.”

Submitted by Pastor Thom Turner