Just had my first of what will be weekly conference calls. 25 people are on our team. For the two of you out there who I know think about Uganda a lot, there is still time to get money in (just thought you'd like to know). Here would be a very short summary of the call:
I am the only Utahan (and the only person from the west) going.
I'll have to leave on the 6th of May instead of the 7th so I can depart with the team from DC on the 7th (sorry honey!).
Traveling from DC to Addis Abba - 12 hours
Traveling from Addis Abba to Rome to DC - 15 hours
Traveling from Salt Lake to DC or vise versa - it depends
Travel Insurance and Medical Evacuation Insurance - Covered
All team members will be registered with the Dept. of State - Just in case
Don't drink the water - Check
Get some shots and medicine - On my list (but I'm procrastinating)
Bring 2 suitcases. One for me and my stuff. One with room for donations - Check
Be flexible - Check
Bring Band aids - Check
Don't go out alone - No problem
In-Country guides/translators are very protective of misisons teams - Good to know!
Relationships with VO and the places/orphanages/hospitals we'll be visiting have long-standing relationships - That's awesome!
Should get my t-shirt in the mail next week - Yea!
I'm getting excited - in case you couldn't tell
On a more serious note, I'm also doing pre-trip devotionals and a Bible Study. Though it doesn't surprise me like it used to, I sure love having "ah-ha" moments about this adventure. I also know that this is just the beginning...of what, I don't yet know. Guess I'll just take a leap of faith and wait and see!