Wow, I can’t believe it!
Bags packed, Visas approved, Passports NOT expired, and we are hours away from departing to Burundi!
As I’ve said before, my Dad, Craig is coming along with Nadine and I on our fact-finding trip to Burundi. We are loaded up and ready for almost 20 hours of airtime! First class baby!
What?!? Oh yeah, the first class part was a joke. You know, there’s something about being crammed into a seat that was built for someone half your size that is just magical about air travel. Does sarcasm read okay online?
Nadine and I have been waiting for this moment for a couple of years now. It is just so exciting it’s hard to put into words. I’ll spend some time to tell you guys a bit of what’s been so exciting for us lately.
We are both continuing to work while attempting to plan this trip, learn French, learn Kirundi, raise money, meet with medical contacts, gather medical supplies, have Skype sessions with prospective partners, etc. We are also trying very hard to squeeze friends and family in there too! But it has all been worth it. Nadine, who works with Edmonton’s homeless men, has had patient after patient tell her, “I’m gonna pray for you!” Haha, of course that comes after the obligatory “No! You can’t leave! We need you here!”
We’ve been blown away by the generosity of friends, family and strangers over the last few weeks. Thanks to all of you, we’ve raised over 25% of what we need for our time in Burundi. We still need your support, but we’ve been truly blessed so much. We even have enough funds to start building the guesthouse that we will be living in come January!
We spoke for a minute or two at Central Baptist this past Sunday, and we were prayed for by Pastor Jon. Nadine and I were so happy that so many people came up to us afterwards to say hello, ask for ways to support us, and just introduce themselves. One of the best things about us going to Burundi has been all of the amazing people we’ve been able to meet.
And now, we’re off to meet some more! We hope to move around the country a bit, do some exploring, and try to learn as much as we can about medical care, and the current education and healthcare needs in the area. A big potential for us will be primary health care/preventative health education. Who knew that something I learned in nursing school might actually come into play!
We can’t wait to tell you all about it! Thanks so much for reading! Haha, just so you’re not worried, future posts are gonna be more about the pictures and less about the me blabbing on. Don’t wanna lose any readers! God bless, be posting soon!
A quick confession for you all. I’m not the avid traveler I pretend to be. My wife’s got me beat on that front. So while packing for our honeymoon to South East Asia in 2009, I figured that since I had a sensitive stomach, I should bring some easy food with us.
Even though I NEVER eat pudding, I figured I would bring along a good dozen or so pudding cups to Thailand. A man’s gotta eat, right?
Yeah, that didn’t work out so well. Turns out I lugged a few pounds of pudding to Thailand just to get thrown out. It was incredibly productive…and heavy…
Tonight, my wife is all “We need to go through your bag together!”
“It’s all zipped up, ready to go….really?”
So I get to my bag, unzip the top, and look at what is staring right back at me.
Hardy-har-har. I hate vanilla. Talk to you all soon.
Josh & Nadine.