Just got a small note from Ken! He has arrived safely in Nigeria with his team. Thank you for praying! Here are some excerpts from his note to me:
“We arrived at the hotel yesterday, approximately 24 hours after I left our home. Everyone made their connections and no one was charged overweight. Russ and I had to run to our last connection [in Frankfurt] but, once there, we waited another 20 minutes or so.
We met the rest of the team. Great guys with a desire to serve the Lord.
We placed our suitcases in the room [in Abuja, Nigeria] and were then taken to the local Hilton for a buffet dinner. The food was excellent but the place was absolutely jammed because of national elections. This hotel, we’re told, will be book solid tonight with election officials.
The country in general is deep red clay everywhere. Short of that, it reminds me so very much of Indonesia in the driving, processes and procedures, etc. The street lights have been out so every intersection is a dodge cars. And, the electricity just went out in my room as I wrote that last sentence. Thank God it was on all last night. It allowed me to have an overhead fan. The people are very, very friendly.
I’m asking the Lord to give me the same perspective as the Apostle Paul – that I would suffer hardship with joy for the cause of Christ. Let that be the case.
We eat breakfast today and then drive to Jos, about four hours away.”
Thank you for your continued prayers. I’ll try to keep you updated as I hear from Ken.