We are officially in Senegal. We touched down this morning at 6:00 a.m. (GST; 1:00 a.m. EST). We travelled for approximately twelve hours, but everything was incredibly uneventful. Both of our flights were on time and we soared through customs without any issues.
It feels great to be back. It is like returning to a third home, with Chele and the kids being the first and the fire station being the second. Last year I remembered most of what I observed and absorbed from my 2010 trip; however, this year Senegal feels very familiar.
Today’s time has been mostly spent in post-trip recovery, with a brief nap in the morning, and cultural orientation. Despite news reports, we have not seen any affects from the protesting. There are some slight schedule changes to help ensure our safety. We are not going neat downtown Dakar today to avoid the scheduled protests. Next Friday, we will be returning to Dakar earlier to avoid the protests and blocked streets. Those events usually occur in the afternoons.
Please pray that our medical clinics occur in the villages. There seems to be a possible problem with the permits to enter the village as a medical team. We are praying that those issues will be resolved Monday morning before we are to begin.
Here is one of the verses we studied today and I think perfectly applies to what I desire out of my trip in Senegal.
Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory. (Romans 5:2 NLT)