Thursday, May 10, 2007

a safe landing

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The team took off on Tuesday evening from Seattle. Apparently there were some rule changes with what they are allowed on the plane, so they had to frantically repack some things to make it all work out. The team is not only taking their own items, but are taking packages for ICN as well. Hillary packed two FULL suitcases, most of which is stuff she's going to leave there when she comes home. Clothes she's going to wear while she's there, but leave for the teachers when she returns. Books, clothes, and coloring books that she found at garage sales, etc. She had to leave some of it behind, but we'll take it with us when we go later in the summer.

I haven't heard from Hillary, but her flight reached its destination and I assume she was on it. I don't think there are two many things in this world capable of keeping her off that plane. Now, getting her on the plane coming back? That's another story...

I thought you might be interested in Hillary's itinerary for her first month in Uganda. The schedule may change, but here's what she and the Corban College Team have planned:

May 10th: Arrive in Uganda. Meeting with the team and setting up.

May 11th: Kenya Embassy for VISA and US Embassy to check in.

May 12th: Get Medical Supplies and break out all of the gifts, items and equipment for the various outreaches.

May 13th: Attend church in Kampala

May 14th – 21st: Trip into Kenya

May 21st: Arrive back in Uganda

May 22nd: Travel to Hotel and set up

May 23rd: Medical clinic at first village

May 24th: Sponsorship team & Vacation Bible School at 1st Village

May 25th: Medical clinic at 2nd village

May 26th: Sponsorship team & Vacation Bible School at 2nd Village

May 27th: Medical clinic at 3rd village

May 28th: Sponsorship team & Vacation Bible School at 3rd Village

May 29th: Depart to Kampala / Laundry and rest day

May 30th: African Village Shopping / Visit Kabaka's palace

May 31st: Visit the source of the Nile and the falls

June 1st: Lusaka School visit for Sponsorship updates, pictures and Pen Pal information for next year

June 2nd: Day with the Choir: practice and performance

June 3rd: Church and Corban Team farewell in Kampala

June 4th: Corban Team Departs for home. Hillary stays for 3 more months.

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the latest on the sells

As of May 27, 2009...

Wow, it's been almost a year since we've updated this. Our family had a wonderful experience traveling to Uganda two summers ago, which prompted us to keep a journal on this blog. You can read our daily journal from our month long trip

This year brings new adventures. Our eldest daughter, Courtney, after graduating from George Fox University with honors, left for her third trip to India to spend nearly a YEAR to work at Happy Home for the Handicapped in Shimoga, India. You can read about her first trip to India and the impact it had on her life here. She'll also give us new updates from her current trip on this site (here). As of this writing, she is just starting to settle in and is very excited to be there. She has been looking forward to this for a long time!

Meanwhile, Hillary spent all of last year
touring the western U.S. with Matsiko, the choir of children we grew to love as our own in Uganda. She journalled about her experiences in Uganda if you'd like to see what that was like. At some point during this tour, she felt led to join the U.S. Army. Quite a big decision, and one she didn't take lightly. After moving through Basic Training with flying colors, she is now at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio training to become a combat medic. It's a very intense training, but we're sure she'll do well. Our whole family was able to travel to South Carolina to watch her graduate from Basic Training. What an awe inspiring experience!

Leslie is having a great year of teaching 5th graders. She's also in a Master's program, which takes a good chunk of her time. She's still finds time to read a TON of books. Literally, a ton!

Curt was overwhelmed by his experience as a first time overseas traveler and kept up his journal here (you can also read his random posts on everyday life here). The busyness of life and keeping track of his traveling kids has slowed down his writing, but he hopes to begin writing on a regular basis again soon.