Noteworthy observations after 28 combined hours of travel to Rwanda, Africa

Rwanda Mission Trip
Day One
6:00 p.m.
Around 30,000 feet in the air

Hemostatic agents that are typically used for nose bleeds or topical application CAN BE APPLIED in the mouth when a mission trip mate nearly bites his own tongue off by simply chewing an innocent piece of gum in the Brussels airport.

Remember to check Josh’s vital signs every 30 minutes.

So far, the iPad 2 and iPhone 5 batteries have lasted the longest.

You may run in to old Disney cast mates from 1998 who are headed to the “smoking room” at Dulles Airport.  When you yell, “MIKE” and they don’t turn around, you know it’s not the guy you knew who was Peter Pan back in the day.  This just in: there are smoking rooms by Gate C4 at Dulles Airport.  It’s like watching people in a very dirty fishbowl.

When the lady in 40E leans her seat back so far that her head is practically in my lap, a good past time when you can’t go to sleep is counting hair follicles instead of sheep.

The movie Brave was a bit of a disappointment.  Perhaps I was suffering from frost bite since I forgot my fuzzy socks for both eight-hour flights?  Should I give it another chance on the way back?  Disclaimer: STEP UP REVOLUTION is also an option.  Decisions, decisions.

In flight meals are special.

The ice cream bar they served us somewhere over the Nile was an African miracle.

I can now say “please fasten your seat belt” in three different languages.

Become friends with the guy in 37A who shoved no less than seven bags of duty free alcohol in the overhead bins.  This does not include the bags his wife shoved in as well.

When suffering through plane insomnia as your fellow travelers snore to their heart’s content, refrain from slumber party antics such as freezing Christina’s bra and putting Kathleen’s hand in a cup of water.

If all else fails, embrace those elementary school tendencies and play M.A.S.H. with Emily who also suffers from plane insomnia.  (PS: I totally married Damon Salvatore and live in an apartment in New York.  YOLO!)

Make YOLO happen in Africa.

Don’t be jealous of Holly and Ann for somehow landing a seat in the teens instead of in the 40s with all the JV mission trippers, the alcoholics and the Great Recliner.

I think conquering 28 hours of travel time from Houston to DC, Brussels and Africa, living off of Goldfish crackers and Starburst the last three meals and contracting a minor case of dehydration is totally worth it since I have the chance to serve orphans and families associated with Africa New Life this Thanksgiving holiday.

Buckle up people.  Things are about to get real.

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November 17, 2012 3:18 pm

Awesome post! I can’t think of Brave without thinking of Chris in a kilt. Not a thought I particularly enjoy, but maybe others do.

Sounds like an awesome trip so far. Love the MASH life. YOLO!

SGT Cole
SGT Cole
November 18, 2012 7:55 pm

What does YOLO mean? Im getting old – and sorry I forgot your birthday Lincee. It’s the same day as my mother so you think I’d have remembered.

November 18, 2012 8:27 pm

LOVE it! After having just spent 2 1/2 months in Kenya, I know EXACTLY what you’re talking about when it comes to all of these travels! Keep looking for Jesus to show up in both big and small ways.

November 19, 2012 11:29 am

SGT Cole, I only recently learned that YOLO means “You Only Live Once.” I keep up with pop culture via the teens at church.

I was also disappointed with Brave. I am glad we saw it without our toddler…it would have had too many “thematic elements” for him. (ie: it was SCARY for a small fry)

I hope the trip is everything you hope it to be! God Bless your trip home. 🙂 (and don’t watch the piece Dateline recently ran on airline food…the good news is they are not cooking with an open flame in the air…BUT that means reheat is the operative word)

November 20, 2012 11:35 am

Love it! Looks like from more recent post you are already having a great trip. Hard not to when you get to love on those sweet children! If you can get wifi on your flight watch Duck Dynasty. that will get you through. Has the wonder that is Duck Dynasty been discussed on this blog yet?

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