Friday, December 7, 2007

Welcome to Nairobi

We made it to Kenya and so did all of our luggage. Getting the visa at the airport was very quick, and once all of our luggage came through, we zipped right through customs - he didn't even look at Moriah's passport! And this after having the person in front of us open one of her bags for a quick inspection. Thank you for praying us through!

When we exited the baggage area there was a sea of African faces looking at us, held back by a barricade, all of them holding signs with names on them. These were all drivers for everyone who had just arrived in Nairobi. I wish I could have taken a picture, but there is no photography or video/filming allowed at the airport.

Mike asked Moriah (and her young eyes) to help him find our driver by looking for the sign with either his name on it, or "DOOR Africa." As Mike made his way down the barricade, I saw the sign and called him over. Our driver found, we made our way to the DOOR Africa Training Center. It didn't seem as strange as I thought it would to be driving on the other side of the road, and roundabouts are a new experience, too.

It's hard to get a sense of the city at night - I look forward to seeing more of it in the coming days.

We shook all the students' hands and gave them a thumbs up to indicate that we are doing well. It's a bit odd not to have the murmur of talking, even though there are 19 men here. We'll do formal introductions in the morning.

A quick assessment of the luggage indicates that everything arrived safely - all 20 DVD players, the tripods, and other video equipment, and all of the Reach Out items as well.

Again, thanks for all the prayers that helped us arrive with everything safely!

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