This post by Stuart & Lynne Little was originally published at A Little Odyssey
We have been here 5 weeks and its been a whirlwind, (nearly literally, but more of that later). We have met our fellow On Boarders and are living closely with them before we leave for Africa on Sunday 28th October. We are resident at the Mercy ships International Support Centre (ISC) in East Texas. We have a room in the guest house and Matthew is sharing with Ian who is in his early 20s in another accommodation block on the other side of the campus. There are two other ladies on our course and a young family from the UK: Barney and Liz with their two boys – Noah who turned 5 last week and Judah (18 months). So we will be joining 8 others on the ship with Noah….(oh err… its nearly biblical)
|The Guest House at the ISC|
|Yes, its hot in there because its on fire|
|Matthew works out which way is up.|
|I actually think we look quite cool|
|Its what you do team building
in a class room
So today, Friday 26th October, we have completed our training with a final presentation from each of us to highlight a few of the topics that have impacted us during the training. It was quite moving to hear the diversity of response to going deeper into scripture especially the implications of taking part in missions in Africa today avoiding dependency and paternalism.
We have been here five weeks and experienced some American culture but it is evident this varies across USA and that Texas is quite different; also they say if you don’t like the weather in Texas wait 15 minutes. We can testify to this having seen extreme heat and humidity and storms one of which had us standing by to take to our storm shelter refuge which is identified in all the buildings. We also spent an evening with a couple whose house was hit by a tornado whilst they were still inside.
Tomorrow we will be packing ready for departure at 9.30 am Sunday morning to Dallas Fort Worth Airport (our time) to Africa. We have three flights, via Atlanta and Paris before arriving in Guinea early Monday evening (UK and Guinea time) where we will spend two weeks working on a community project before finally joining the Africa Mercy on the 9th November.
We have been posting more photos on Instagram and Facebook during our time in Texas and will hopefully continue to do so when we get to Guinea. See panel on right.
Thank you for reading this.