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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.

celebrating the opportunity to change the world

Last Friday evening I was honored at a special Stop Hunger Now event in Raleigh. Even though I knew it was coming, the evening still was full of surprises. The evening celebrated my work with the poor and hungry which was humbling, but it was also an opportunity to celebrate what we have all been able to accomplish.

The evening and the event could not have been more wonderful. From the opening private reception through the evening’s program, to the reception afterward, every detail was as meaningful as it was professionally executed. (The only thing that could have made the evening better would have been not having to be at RDU at 0500 the following morning for my flight to Malaysia.)

Even though I do not like to be in the spotlight, the evening allowed me another opportunity to lift up the needs of the poor and hungry before a very special group of people.

The 200 or so folks in attendance were all friends, partners and supporters of Stop Hunger Now. And they are all special, not because they attended an event in my honor. They are special because they are true leaders in the global movement to end hunger in our lifetime. I just wish there would have been more time to visit with each person present.

I am soon starting yet another new path in my personal journey. But, I will never cease to be a champion for the least of these among us, and I will never cease working toward a world without hunger in my lifetime.

Friday evening’s celebration was  a testimony that we can change the world. Working together we are going to end hunger in our lifetime. The passion and commitment of those attending my legacy celebration will help make it happen.

 

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.

worth the journey

In less than 4 hours I am supposed to meet the rest of the VIM team at RDU. We will repack all the team gear and make sure all of us are squared away before we check in for the flights that will ultimately take us to Yei, South Sudan.

The rest of the team have been traveling  by church bus since 0530, coming from Kingsport, Tennessee. I arrived here in Raleigh yesterday afternoon to take care of some Stop Hunger Now office work and to pick up a couple of items for the trip I couldn’t find in Lynchburg.

Those who have traveled overseas extensively know that the next couple of days can not be cataloged under “fun.” But the destination is definitely worth the journey.

Once we arrive in Yei we will be immersed in the work of making a difference in the lives of those whose need is real and immediate. We will be blessed in countless ways every day.

And when we finally have to face the long journey back home we will be exhausted before we begin, but full of a special joy that comes from doing the right thing in the right way for the right reasons. Yes.  The destination is definitely worth the journey.

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.