AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! I am so angry! We are stuck in London because we missed our connection! Our flight was delayed in South Africa for stupid reasons and then we arrived in London with 40 minutes to catch our next flight. We would have made it but they closed the flight an HOUR early!!!!!!!!! GRRRR. We now have a 8 and 1/2 hour layover at Heathrow. Yay! Oh and we have no idea how to get our bags because we are on a new airline. Of course no one wants to take blame. The only reason I am so mad is because on Sunday I have to leave for Northwestern University for 5 weeks. I was accepted into their summer journalism program for “going to be” seniors. I was already not excited about having no down time at home but now I have even less. We will arrive home around 8 o’clock Chicago time which will be around 1 o’clock South Africa time. Hence we will be tired and go to sleep leaving only 1 day to get ready and pack for camp. AHHH! But hey, as they say, TIA (this is Africa), so what do you expect? Although, we aren’t in Africa, but we are traveling from Africa on an African airline.
We learned of the phrase TIA when things ran slow, or didn’t work well. Veteran travelers to Africa coined the phrase TIA and for some reason it does make you feel a bit better about the situation. Africa does a pretty good job for being Africa. I can’t expect everything to run as smoothly as it does in the U.S.
Anyways, the last few days of our trip were fantastic. I am sorry I couldn’t update. We went on a Safari and saw elephans, giraffes, and much more. It was awesome to see them in the wild but I have to admit, I was quite scared. Our wonderful partners Kerus Global (Marcia and Jenny) set up a great trip for us. We stayed at Pastor Jannie’s house at the game reserve and were treated to true South African cuisine. We all appreciated his hospitality and grace.
We also went to the U.S. v. Algeria World Cup game. It was an incredible experience. It was an extremely important game because it was the deciding game of who would make it into the next round. If we tied or lost, we would not make it. We needed to win. The atmosphere around the stadium was one of the coolest things I have ever experienced. We witnessed American pride. The American fans dressed up and I mean, really dressed up: faces painted, red, white and blue all over. I have never seen such pride, not even on the fourth of July. I also thought it was so cool that while the Algerians appeared fairly the “same”, the Americans were extremely diverse. I love that about our country. We come from all different backgrounds, while I usually would never give much thought to this, I really appreciated it at the game. We played a good game. Our first goal was called offsides (in replay you could see it truly wasn’t offsides, but FIFA doesn’t decide on replays, allowing referres all the power). Our next two attempts at a goal were so close but missed due to careless mistakes. The game reached 90 minutes and the score was zero to zero. The only chance we had left was injury time. We were given 4 minutes of injury time and in the 91st minute of the game, we scored! The stadium went crazy. Most of us had given up, apparently we gave up too early. Not only did we advance but we won our group! We beat England, Algeria and Slovania. Did you read that we beat England!! hahah! yes! It was an experience I will never forget.
Please pray for these things:
-Safety flying home
-Endurance to wake up tomorrow morning and pack and leave on Sunday
-That our bags make it to Chicago with us
-That I have time to relax a little bit before I have to leave again
-That God sends me some sort of signal to what we should do next for KC4K (we really don’t know where KC4K is headed)
-That I can be obedient to what He wants us to do.
ps. I have one more update to go. I will post that when I get home.