Prepping for my trip
There was nothing terribly exciting in the cart...things like Pepto Bismol tabs which I have to take every night before bed and a bunch of travel size items. I also got myself a new little travel pillow since my other one is seriously wearing out and I'm going to be sleeping overnight on the first night. I fly to Newark first, then to London overnight, then on to Nairobi the next morning and will finally arrive in Africa that night at about 9 pm. Yes, it's a long flight! 28 hours to get there and then my flights on the way back take me about 33 hours. Needless to say, I want a good pillow...
Yesterday I brought home all the things the church people have been collecting for me to bring to Africa. The missionary asked that I bring jewelry pins, scarves of all kinds/colors, and perfume. I have been collecting them in my office for a few months. I am bringing one suitcase just of these things and then the other case will be my personal belongings. For the most part I have fantastic things to bring! I brought them home last night to sort and get in order. I did have to get rid of a few things. 99% of the things brought in were just great, but a few donations needed to be scrapped. For instance, I got a few used, 1/2 filled perfume bottles. I don't want to give that to someone - I think it's a bit inappropriate. Second, although I have many used scarves I'm taking the majority of them look brand new and I brought them home to wash last night and fold just right. But four or five of them (out of the many) were old and tattered and starting to fray, so I put them aside.
I'm not being snooty or anything but I think we need to give our best even if it is used. I won't give somebody something that's falling apart. Those were only a very few out of the suitcase full I'm taking. I am so grateful for everyone who has helped and donated things. I know the ladies are going to really appreciate them. Although I am bringing a large suitcase full it will not come close to having something for all 3,000 + women who are expected to be there. I decided rather than try to figure this out myself, I am just going to give the suitcase of items to the missionaries and let them decide how to do this since I'm clueless on that part. I just want to bring something special in addition to presenting these ladies with the Word of God that will say, "we love you..." from Northside.