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a joy I find nowhere else

It’s almost 5:00pm and I am on my way home from India and Nicaragua. I am feeling a little ragged around the edges, but it will definitely be good to sleep in my own bed tonight.

I am currently in Atlanta. My flight gets into RDU after 9:00. By the time I get my car and get on the road it will probably be around midnight before I see Lynchburg. Since we left the hotel just a little after 5am that makes for yet another long day, but nothing a good night’s sleep won’t take care of.

I thoroughly enjoyed my brief time in Bangalore. But, the time in Nicaragua was like a cure for all that ails me. Being back in the field brings a joy I can find no where else. It makes all the stress of long flights a long layovers bearable.

I’ll be glad to get home…but the truth is that I would far rather still be in the mountains of Nicaragua working to change the lives of the least of these among us.

Well Done SHN SA!

The end of my trip is at hand. Early this evening I am scheduled to leave from Johannesburg and fly to Atlanta and then on to Raleigh. There I will pick up a rental car, go to the Stop Hunger Now office for a couple hours to debrief and catch up on some back administrative chores. After that, I have a 3 hour drive back home to Lynchburg.

It’s going to be a rather long trip, but what makes it worthwhile is all the good work that has been accomplished during my brief time here in Mozambique and South Africa. In Maputo, Mozambique I helped celebrate Ma Machel’s 70th birthday as we packaged 70,000 meals for malnourished school children.

That event was also a milestone for Stop Hunger Now South Africa. It was the first meal packaging event they organized outside of their own country. And the Minister of Education  for Mozambique, who attended and spoke at the event, has already requested that more meal packaging events be scheduled.

Here in Johannesburg I have had a delightful time meeting new staff and new board members. I have also been able to help with some fundraising and to give an official thanks to some of SHN South Africa biggest corporate and faith-based partners.

It’s been a whirlwind of events, meetings and dinners, but I will head for home more proud than ever of the great work being accomplished here on behalf of the hungry. Stop Hunger Now South Africa is our first international affiliate, and it is leading by example. Saira Khan, our Executive Director, and her entire board and staff are demonstrating that we can end hunger in our lifetime. Kudos and “Well Done!” to all of them.

heading to a birthday celebration

It’s Thursday. That must mean I am heading back to good ol’ RDU, my second home.

This morning I will grab a rental car and drive down to Raleigh for a flight to Maputo, the capital of Mozambique. My first stop is Atlanta. Then it’s about 15 hours to Johannesburg, South Africa. The final leg  from Joburg to Maputo is only about an hour and a half, but by that point, who cares?

Although getting there is supposed to be half the fun, I think that’s the half I would love to skip. But once there, I know I will be glad I made the trip.

I have been asked to attend the birthday celebration of Nelson Mandela’s widow. It’s a long way to travel for a birthday party, but this is a most special lady, a good friend and a strong supporter of Stop Hunger Now in South Africa and Mozambique. She is a true champion of ending hunger in our lifetime.

So, it’s back on the road again. Stay tuned. There will be plenty more to come as the adventure unfolds.

Greetings from Entebbe

Greetings from the beautiful Imperial Golf View Hotel in Entebbe, Uganda, in sight of Lake Victoria. It is one of the nicest hotels I have experienced in Uganda.

We have a cool, cloudless morning and are looking forward to a sunny day full of wonderful opportunities for ministry.

The team gathered at RDU at 11am Wednesday morning. We first flew to Atlanta where we had a short hour and a half layover and met Nancy, the last member of our 9 member team, a hospital CEO from near Macon. This is her first VIM trip so she is thrilled to be heading to Yei with us.

We left Atlanta later than scheduled amid lightning and thunder, and headed to Amsterdam where we arrived a little more than 8 hours after leaving Atlanta. We were an hour late getting into Amsterdam due to the storm delay in Atlanta, but still had a 4 hour layover before board our next flight.

The KLM flight from Amsterdam to Entebbe was a little under 9 hours, but was mostly smooth and uneventful. We arrive here around 2130, ( which is about 1430 east Coast time). After going through immigration and customs and getting all our bags organized and loaded into the vehicles, we finally got to our hotel around 2230.

Needless to say, no one had any difficulty getting to sleep after over 20 hours of travel.  We all met for breakfast at 0800 this morning and it was a much more relaxed group than when we arrived last night. A hot shower and 6-7 hours sleep makes a big difference.

We are here for only two nights. We leave tomorrow morning on Eagle Air for a short direct flight to Yei.

This is a really solid team. We have a good cross-section of skills and expertise, and all of us seem to fit together well. There is already a lot of laughter and good-natured kidding on top of an understood deep commitment to the work we are her to do.

Please keep the team in your prayers that we might accomplish all that we have the opportunity to do while in South Sudan.

More to come. Stay tuned.

on the road to South Sudan

Tomorrow I will drive down to Raleigh on the first leg of my trip to South Sudan. The afternoon will be spent at the Stop Hunger Now office and gathering last minute supplies for my time in South Sudan.

Then on Wednesday I will meet the rest of the VIM team at RDU to begin our flights. We fly from Raleigh to Atlanta where we will meet the final person on our team. From Atlanta we will fly to Amsterdam where will have about a 4 hour layover before our flight to Entebbe, Uganda.

We will spend one night in Entebbe before catching our flight into Yei, South Sudan. If all goes accord to plan we will arrive in Yei on Friday.

Then the fun begins. Every day the team is in South Sudan has been planned so that we might have the maximum impact. It’s going to be an exciting trip, with the potential to accomplish an amazing amount of solid work that will have huge long-term results.

More to follow so stay tuned.