We Made It!!!!

After leaving Tulsa 3 months ago and making stops in Lindale, TX, Winterton, South Africa, and Durban , South Africa, we have finally made it to Toamasina, Madagascar!

It almost seemed like we would never make it after having so many delays, but God is faithful.  He called us here, and He was faithful to get us here.

Captain John had to very skillfully and carefully orchestrate the crew in backing the Africa Mercy into the port.  Think you’re pretty slick backing into that parking spot at Walmart?  You should try a 500 ft, 16,572 ton, 8-deck hospital ship!

We also can now say we have completed our first sail.  It was quite the experience!

Things we disliked about the sail:

  1. Seasickness:   Even when I wasn’t nauseated, I just felt like sleeping.  At it’s best, it’s like being gently rocked to sleep.  At it’s worst, it’s like walking down the hall and someone decides to just randomly fling you into the wall.
  2. Securing the cabin:  While Jamie, understandably, wanted to make our cabin look and feel “homey” from the beginning, we had to tie down all loose items.  It gets a little cumbersome tying bedroom doors open (alternatives are to keep them closed at all times or let them continuously swing to and fro and bang into walls and slam fingers), securing cabinet doors shut, tying the refrigerator door, and then figuring out how to get back into these things when you need to.
  3. Being woken up in the middle of the night by various items that we thought were secure.  Random things would make noises or even just decide to fall onto the floor and continue to bang around until dealt with.

Things we liked about the sail:

  1. We got to see whales!
  2. Sitting outside and enjoying the breeze.
  3. The talent show and piano concert put on by our very own crew!

Needless to say, we’re pretty pumped!  Thank you to all those who have made this adventure possible with your generosity and prayers.  Now the work begins!

Surgery is scheduled to begin next Tuesday.  Please pray as we prepare the hospital this week.

Sailing!  Photo credit: David Forrest

Sailing! Photo credit: David Forrest

Approaching the port.  Photo credit: Kristi Oloffson

Approaching the port. Photo credit: Kristi Oloffson

Home for the next 9 months.  Photo credit: Mercy Ships

Home for the next 9 months. Photo credit: Mercy Ships

 

Can't wait to drive one of these Defenders.  It's no Jeep, but I'm sure it'll do!

Can’t wait to drive one of these Defenders. It’s no Jeep, but I’m sure it’ll do!

 

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