Home sweet home

We have arrived at the home of Bishop Reuben and Betty Lubanga near Bungoma, Kenya. The team spent about 40 hours in the air or in airports, and I think I lost a day in there somewhere.

We have settled in, and Mama Betty is cooking up something that smells delicious.

The Lubangas have put a lot of work into the compound, making it much more comfortable. There is now electricity in the house and the huts, and even hot showers!

Work begins tomorrow. I haven’t seen the schedule or talked to Mama Joyce, our clinic director, yet, but I am sure she will keep us busy.

Please keep our team in your prayers as things start to get serious tomorrow.

Still unable to post pictures, but I am working on it.

Safely to Dubai

Big, beautiful airport. Can’t really say much else about Dubai. We have a five hour layover here before flying on to Nairobi.

Atlanta to Dubai was about 7,800 miles, and took 14 hours. Not the worst flight I have done, but but not a lot of fun.

The education began early; some of the students had not heard of a Great Circle route, and didn’t understand why we had to fly over Denmark to get to the Arabian Peninsula. I learned a few things as well, like the physiologic reason that salty foods taste less salty at altitude.

No photo–not enough bandwidth, apparently.

On to Kenya

I packed my bags last night, pre-flight
Zero hour five pm…

After all the preparation and anticipation, LSUHSC/SHIP team members are leaving today for Bungoma, Kenya for our Global Health elective and medical mission. Traveling to Kenya with me will be Drs. Don and Amy Givler, of the EA Conway Family Medicine Department; Dr. Sajel Lala (Campout Barbie), pediatric resident; and medical students Franciscka Macieiski, Lurah Welch, Melissa Davis, Robert Zaunbrecher, Diana Badkoobeh, Brittney Mitchell, Michelle Finch, and Naiha Mussarat.

Please be in prayer for our safe travel and health, and for this extension of the healing ministry of Jesus Christ to Kenya.


Today in history

At 11:38 a.m. EST, on January 28, 1986, the space shuttle Challenger lifts off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, and Christa McAuliffe is on her way to becoming the first ordinary U.S. civilian to travel into space.

Seventy-three seconds later, hundreds on the ground, including Christa’s family, stared in disbelief as the shuttle exploded in a forking plume of smoke and fire. Millions more watched the wrenching tragedy unfold on live television. There were no survivors.