We have finally gotten the hotel wifi to work!
Paula,Laura and I were counting up the days tonight at dinner, and we've already had so many adventures it is hard to believe we have been gone only a week.
When we left ANC we were all loaded to the max - about 350# between the 3 of us. Everything baggage-wise checked thru fine
Pretty intense when we were caught in an "unattended package" episode in Paris airport - they take these things seriously in Paris. Paula and I got separated from Laura for about 45 minutes. She had all of our carry-ons-including 7 laptops on a wheeled luggage cart - then they took the cart away.
Quick thinking and the kindness of strangers helped her get everything through security, a train ride to the gate and on to the plane. We thank all for those prayers for traveling mercies.
Computer training is going really well. Students are eager. Teachers are hitting their marks. They move from Word to Excel tomorrow. They lost one student who attended only 1 day before delivering twin boys.
Sewing is going well, too. I am flattered that two student travelled across the country to learn. I am training teachers who are already accomplished seamstresses. I brought about 10 pounds of patterns to teach making western clothes and each decided to make a different style of men's shirts. They want a challenge!
It has been unseasonably hot with thunderstorms and heavy rain. We lose power daily which also means gaps in air conditioning at hotel. We love our mosquito nets and drink plenty of bottled water.
At school my sweaty arms stick to the pattern tissue paper. My students rescue me with a smile and plastic bubble wrap. It sticks effectively to the moisture on my arm and I can safely move it around the table.
Our health remains good. Big fishing tournament here today. Professionals seeking big marlin also brought high level officials from Chad. Pretty interesting security-wise.
It wouldn't be official to be here without trips to the local fabric markets and daily lunch breaks at the only western food store. Yogurt and Pringles. Hey, It works. Our hotel only offers ham, cheese, or ham/cheese sandwiches with too many on them things we don't/can't eat.
We anxiously await the remaining team members who will be here In about 3 days. Everyone here is so welcoming and friendly. They enjoy Laura practicing her French.
Sorry it took so long to write. Please know we are happily doing God's work. And either the rain has cooled the air or the air conditioning is back on. Either one is welcome
Hopefully photos to follow
Just to let everyone know that Barb, Laura and Paula arrived safely to Kribi, Cameroon today. The Cameroon end of their travels went just fine, but there was a challenge at the airport in Paris. There was an unattended bag in the terminal and chaos ensued with the police and crowds. (Still finalizing the information from Barb, but they may have lost one or more of their carry-on bags through the experience.)
Wave Two (my family, Robin and Zach) leave on Thursday.
* the team did make it through the Paris airport with all of their belongings. The computer and sewing training are off to a good start!