Wednesday, August 01, 2007
Another day of packing, that seems to have become a fairly normal phrase in our lives. We are down to our last week here in Portugal and are getting anxious to be in Angola. We are once again living out of suitcases and maneuvering around our huge duffel bags that are ready to go. We went to the train station yesterday to make sure we have the latest schedules and to ask about all of our luggage. The nice gentleman told us that the train didn't really have room for our luggage...since it is really just a commuter train we do understand, but it is funny. So our big bags will be shipped by truck on Monday to our hotel in Lisbon, I am praying that we arrive before the bags do. On Tuesday the 7th we will go by train to Lisbon, the next day take a 2 1/2 hour plane trip to England, wait for 6 hours before the 12 hour plane trip to South Africa. A short 4 hour wait there, then a 2 hour plane trip to Namibia where we will enjoy the company of the Knightly family for a few days. We will be doing some crazy household shopping, dishes, pots & pans, a vacuum cleaner etc. before heading into Angola. The length of our stay in Namibia will depend on when Gary Toews (MAF program manager) receives his passport back from the immigration guys in Luanda. I (Tammy) had the last of 4 dentist appointments today for a root canal, it was not as bad as I thought, but I still feel like I have been smacked around a bit. Gary was happy with the bill, it was 180 Euros, which we think is somewhere under $250.00 Canadian that is with 3 x-rays and 4 appointments. Matthew thinks that since it was so cheap my tooth will likely fall out soon...I pray not. Please pray for us as we travel and also that all of our luggage will arrive where and when we need it. We are thankful for your prayers, for the phone calls and care packages, and notes, we have been so encouraged!