Zimbabwe 14 - No. 2
Kathryn Witte, ABC, RCC
"For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God's will. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified."
10 a.m. Tuesday
Tuesday is a day of patience in the sense that there is much waiting, sitting and working through the challenges of air travel.
We don't really know what is before us ... meeting new people who we can come along side and be of help is on the hearts of many. Perhaps we'll experience true renewal in what can only be described as African evangelism (energy for The Lord rarely seen in the U.S.).
We also know our creature comforts of home will not be readily available to us. Even the Internet may be a something we wait for.
From Romans, I like ... "But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has?"
As I prepare for Zimbabwe, I have much hope as I've never seen what I'm about to experience. The angst of preparing for the trip has past and now I await what is before me.
I am pleased I packed some snacks (a salted nut roll is my go-to snack for golf, outside work and travel ... a little salt, a little sweet, a little protein (peanuts count don't they?)). I keep having the attendants fill my midget water bottle as I try to enforce a high hydration regimen (I'm told I'll survive travel better that way). As we approach Dulles in D.C., I know there will be a short break and an opportunity for a final physical stretch before we embark on what will be about a day on an airplane.
Our flight is scheduled to leave Dulles at 5:40 p.m. and we are to arrive to Johannesburg at 5:10 p.m. tomorrow (Wednesday). I rather think of it as the lost day ... such it is when you travel internationally. I have a hardbound book, an audio book, a kindle book and things to write. I also enjoy the movies on the international flights as I catch up on those flicks I've missed over the past few years. Finally, there is napping ... probably my favorite travel activity.
I just finished buying more cloud space for my phone, backing it up, wiping my phone completely clean, and then reuploading an update so that I can use a SIM card in my phone when I get to Africa. We'll see how that works, but I am poised and ready.
After a late lunch of Chipotle in the Dulles concourse with the company of Linda Lauderback, and not knowing when we'll have Internet again, I decided I better write a few more words. Best wishes until next time.
In the photo above Linda Lauderback is guarding the luggage while others went to lunch.