My first night in Africa. I have to admit that with all the excitement, there was a part of me that was scared. I don’t like to admit that, but I was in a new place and I didn’t really know what to expect. Before I left, everyone was talking about deadly mosquitos, dangerous water, eating the right stuff, taking all your meds, making sure your always with another person, it was so much to take in. So, hopefully you can understand my fear a little. I know, like I always know, in my heart of hearts that God is with me but sometimes I need to be reminded, you know what I mean?
1st we arrive in Nairobi. The airport was very different from airports in the states. I could hear different languages being spoken, ones I had never heard, and there were people from all different nationalities. The stores inside the airport were pretty cool…really enjoyed shopping. I only got to see what Nairobi was like from inside the airport, but I could tell right away that I was going to love Africa.
Now off to Entebbe.
P.S. i don’t like plane food! blah :0 we had beef cakes.
Finally after 2 days of travel, we arrive!
I was beyond excited!!!!!!!!!! But, when we went to find our driver to take us from the airport to the Entebbe guest home, he was nowhere to be found. Amanda says that we will have to take a taxi. This scares me a little because the men who were the taxi drivers, weren’t wearing anything to show they were real taxi drivers, neither did their cars show any kind of identification, they just looked like normal cars. I know i shouldn’t fear but it was after midnight, we were the only ladies around and we were in a foreign country without our driver.
So Amanda assures me that it will be fine . Not long after a man walks up to us and says ” do you need a taxi?” We get in the car with him and I was asking Amanda, ” are you sure we are ok?” I could tell she was a little worried as well, even though she was trying to assure me that we were fine. The driver gets in and starts the car, and out of the speakers, I hear the most beautiful and timely words sung over me,
” I KNOW YOU GO WITH ME, SO I WILL NOT FEAR”
Are you kidding me??? God showed up. This man was listening to a worship cassette, not cd, that someone had just given to him. Those were the exact words that I needed to hear in that moment. Has that ever happened to you, God showing up right when you need Him most? You will see that these words, ” I know you go with me, so I will not fear,” end up carrying me through the whole trip. ” I know You go with me, so I will NOT fear.” Talk about God being on time, God knowing what you’re dealing with and having enough compassion and love and patience to remind you 1 more time that HE IS WITH YOU. He is real and He loves you and me so much. God has not given us the spirit of fear or timidity, but a spirit of power, of love, of a sound mind. Stop fearing.
Entebbe guest home here we come, without fear!
Tears run down my face as we drive to our destination for the night. The African air is so clean and fresh, and Gods presence is clearly with us. This is a night i will never forget.
As i walk into my room and tell Amanda goodnight I breathe in and think, ” I’m finally here, and after 2 days, now i get to sleep.” ( me and amanda became friends really fast after 2 days of travel together, we went from ” so tell me about yourself,” to “can you move i’m trying to get comfy ?”… we tried to sleep on the plane, haha ) so I’m shutting my door that has big metal bars down it and i look up and scream, ” Amanda there is a ginormous orange lizard in my room, Amanda just looks at me like thats absolutely normal and says, “Welcome to Africa.”
Can’t wait to see what tomorrow holds.