I decided that my motto on this trip is
"It's part of the Adventure!"
I'm still in Dakar. I should have left on a plane yesterday to go to Conakry, Guinea, but the flight was full so I got put on today's flight. I slept very well last night.
I arrived in Dakar yesterday at 5:15am. That's 9:00pm Nevada Time. You can compare that to where ever you are. It's 8 hours later here than in Las Vegas. The Walkers (a great couple who work as missionaries in the regional office here in Senegal) picked us up (Sarah D. and I) and took us to their house. We had coffee cake for breakfast (nothing African about it) and talked. We napped from 9am to 11am and then went to eat at this great restraunt right on the beach. It was GORGEOUS! I had some garlic shrimp and fries and Sprite. mmm. Then we drove up to a lighthouse where we could see the westermost point of Africa. If you look at a map, it's the little horn that stick out to the left. Then we we took Sarah D. to the airpost since she had a seat on the flight yesterday. Then we came back, the power went out, and I went to sleep. Oh we also had sloppy joes and cucumber salad for dinner. All of the food has been pretty normal!
In Senegal, it's very dirty. There is trash EVERYWHERE! Dogs, cats and goats wander the streets. And there are lots of horses. They are very skinny. People own them to pull their carriages. There are lots of cars and lots of traffic! At 10 this morning, it was 90 degrees already. Africa has rainy season and dry season. Dry season is cool and rainy season is hot. June begins rainy season. Yay!
The power is out right now too but they have a gernerator to power the computers. I'm using their wireless Internet right now from my laptop.
So my plane should leave at 4:15pm today. Hopefully all of that will go according to plan.
Thank you guys for all of your encouragement! Someone sent me this piece of Scripture and it's helped me a lot:
3Not only so, but we[a] also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.--Romans 5:3-5 (Thanks Kat!)
So I'm trying to rejoice in these stressful times. God is good. All the time! And I know that he will protect me and guide me through all of the things that don't go according to plan.