Friday, August 15, 2008

safe and sound

hey y'all!

i'm in kabul FINALLY and glad to be here!!! i didn't sleep real well last night because of the jet lag/time change so i ended up being up long before my morning wake up call at 3:30 a.m. - dubai time. having a room and a nice bed all to myself last night was such a blessing after being crammed with strangers for so long on the plane to dubai.

this morning, i met bob and 6 men from the polish team in order to prepare for our long trek to kabul. we transferred by bus to terminal 2 of the airport and got on our flight to kabul. the flight was packed, but surprisingly, mostly with american men doing contract work in kabul. we made it without a hitch! i even had my first cultural experience of the gender roles in afghanistan when i got instructed to go to the "business class" line of passport control because i was a woman, leaving my fellow male travelers to wait in the other long lines :) all in all, it was a very good trip and i'm thankful that we all made it.

the mountains here are breathtaking and i am really looking forward to getting out and about more in the next few days so i can see all the sights! today is friday, which is the muslim equivalent to the sabbath so we do not have much planned, except to hang around the house and catch up on rest. we left the airport and came straight to the guesthouse. it is very pleasant and homey feeling already and our staff is everything that i've heard from other people...very welcoming and great hosts, and i feel very safe at the guesthouse. we had lunch at the guesthouse and then spent some time talking about what we'll be doing over the next week. we will probably not be out in the actual city of kabul too much because of some ongoing security threats but i am really looking forward to visiting all the communities that we work in and getting to see them with my own eyes!

please be praying that our team can minister and bless our afghan staff while we are here. they've worked so hard making preparations for us and we really want to show them Christ's love in our actions and attitudes.

well folks, that all i've got for now. i hope to update tomorrow after a visit to our I. Community.



Anonymous said...

We are so glad that your last part of the journey was uneventful and that you are feeling welcome and comfortable. We are so proud of you and love you so much. We pray that that the rest of your stay will be a blessing to you and also a blessing to all the people you encounter. We are praying for you every step of the way! Love, Mim, Dim and Zachary (and Happy too)

P.S. Your babies are being fed!