Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Bob's Thoughts: Nigeria Day 1

Bob is in Nigeria right now as part of a short term trip with Wycliffe Associates.  You can find out more HERE.  THis is his journal he has written so far on the trip. 

I'm traveling to Abuja, Nigeria now; I'm sitting in Frankfurt airport. I've had really cool connections in my last two flights; in Indianapolis airport before flying I talked for awhile to some people who were going on a medical missions trip to India, so that was cool. I gave them a prayer card. On the flight from Chicago to Frankfurt, I sat next to a guy who was a metallurgist for Cummins fuel systems, but was going next month for a relief missions trip to the flooding in Tennessee with his church, a Methodist church. He was a great person to talk to, and we had a really interesting conversation, and also with our stewardess who was sitting with us because we were on the emergency exit row. We asked her some questions about Germany, where she's from (being a Lufthansa employee). I gave Steve a prayer card, as well.
I slept a little bit on the plane, but I think this'll be a long day until I get to sleep tonight. Hopefully this goes okay so I don't get hit by jet lag too bad

We have just flown over the Sahara Desert. It's an incredible experience to fly for literally several hours at 500mph and the whole time you can see nothing but unbroken desert all the way to the horizon. After a while, you start to see a dot of a tree here and there, and then gradually more and more trees and then lines too regular to be streams; they must be irrigation or roads. You even see something metallic here and there. Such a contrast to flying over the US, where every single mile that isn't dense forest is either packed farmland or sprawling city. Even now that we're south of the Sahara proper (I think, is Kano still part of the desert?), most of the land still looks like isolated trees with maybe some huts around. A little further on (around Kadano?), I can begin to see actual towns and identifiable roads, and the land looks much, much more cultivated, although in plots that are smaller than in the US.
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