Just this writing tells most of you what you’ve wanted to know – We made it to Africa, safe and sound. How that happened is not particularly interesting, Mostly, it involved two airplanes, a bus, a pick-up truck and air-sickness bags (but more on that later).

Our team gathered at San Francisco International Airport at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, June 30, to check in, be checked out, take our team picture (uploaded and on line before take-off) and board the plane that would carry us to Frankfurt.

On the plane, some of us opened letters, cards and notes sent with friends and family. One such note, carried a devotional entry from the daily devotional titled “God Calling” which read in part:

Take joy wherever you go. You have been much blessed. You are being much blessed.

Love can and does go round the world, passed on the God-currents from one to the other.

Shed a little sunshine in the heart of one, that one is cheered to pass it on, and so My vitalizing joy-giving message goes.

Be transmitters these days. Love and Laugh. Cheer all. Love all.

Always seek to understand others and you cannot fail to love them.

See Me in the dull, the uninteresting, the sinful, the critical, the miserable.

On the long plane ride, one member of our team shared the “spiritual gift of cookies” with the entire plane!! She quickly became known as “the cookie lady,” and our team’s notoriety was sealed. Later we became known as that group of missionaries headed to Ethiopia who laughed too loudly.

What a good way to be known!