Today I’m heading to Sierra Leone, Africa, along with my son, Nick and several Heartland members … David Cranor, Diane Lott, Amie LoPresti, and Lindsay Moore.
Our purpose is to tour the mission outreach of World Hope International (www.worldhope.org). Sierra Leone is considered to be the poorest country in Africa, which is so ironic. If you’ve ever seen the movie, Blood Diamond, you’ll recognize this country as the world’s primary source of “conflict diamonds.” I’ll write more about the Sierra Leone and what World Hope is doing in my next post.
I’m not sure when I’ll be able to post this … we’re waiting at the gate for our 10:00am departure. For the first time in about 10 years I was selected for a “personal screening” as we went through security. I have the new watch I got for Christmas to thank. Let’s say that I got to know a certain TSA agent pretty well.
Apparently Diane and Amie took a bunch of pictures that they are threatening to post of my pat down. So I’m launching a preemptive strike and posting a picture of them making a beeline for breakfast. It doesn’t look too appetizing.
Next stop, Washington D.C., then on to Brussels, Belgium. We’ll fly all night, then take a 7 hour flight to Freetown, Sierra Leone. We arrive about 8:00 p.m. local time. Then we take helicopter flight in an old Russian Mi-8 operated by Paramount Airways. The Wikipedia article with show you a picture and offer a less than encouraging article.
We’re not worried though. Our heavenly Father who says, “go into all the world,” also promises to never leave our side.
Let the adventure begin!