Sorry I didn’t post this sooner, I’ve heard from the team two times so far. Below are the updates that I sent out to the email list.
Senegal Team 2010 Update #1
The first round of the team departed SeaTac airport at about 7:30am on Saturday, the 13th. They arrived in Dakar on Sunday morning.
FYI: Senegal is approx. 8 hours ahead of our time. So at 9:30am today it is 5:30pm there. We’re eating breakfast & they are getting ready to eat dinner!
A text message was rec’d from the team today:
We are safe and sound in Keur Madiabel. It is late & we are tired but good. Will write more later, love to all.
Senegal Team 2010 Update #2
Rec’d 2 emails today, the one below is from Stephanie (the team leader), the other was from my mom. Apparently there is now an internet cafe in Keur Madiabel so that is how they were able to email this year. Emails arrived at approx. 10:30am our time which is 6:30pm in Senegal.
An FYI as a few people have asked: The “first part” of the team (who are currently in Africa) is made up of: Stephanie & Josh Kennison, John Paul, Claude Best, Cami Gurney, Doug & Cathy Enyeart, Debra Nice and Charli Spearin (who joined the team in New York). The “second part” of the team is the group of dental professionals from Poulsbo who are travelling to Senegal specifically to lend their help to the dental clinic portion of the trip. They are: Lyle (dentist) & his daughter Madeline, Casey (hygienist) & her daughter Jade, Jonna (hygienist), Kristin (hygienist) & her husband Phil.
Greetings to all! We have been in Africa for four days now and are
becoming more and more adjusted. So far nine of us are here and seven
more will join us tomorrow morning Senegalese time. All of us are
doing well but could use your prayers for digestion to be working as
it should for many of us.
Yesterday we went to another village nearby to help with laying pipes
in a garden worked by a group of women. The men dug the ditch for the
pipes while the women drew water from the garden well to water the
crops and help soften the dirt for the men to dig. Unfortunately the
natives hit the pipe wrong and caused it to burst. Water flooded the
ditch and a mass effort was made to bail out the water while the men
tried to fix the break. Josh was very helpful with his engineering
skills. During our breaks Stephanie had fun singing and dancing with
the kids and Josh tried teaching the kids how to do the wave. The
whole team contributed much with the project. After we were done the president of
the womens club gifted us with three live chickens as a reward for our
help. We are sure we will be having those chickens for dinner sometime
soon. We were able to thank them for letting us help them and tell
them we were there because of our love for God and our belief that He
loves them and cares for their well being.
Other than that we have been spending time with the family hosting us
and learning the language more and more. Stephanie was able to share
the story of Gods creation with the help of a translator to some of
the village kids. They proved to have pretty good memories when she
quizzed them on what God created on what days! Pray this story and the
word of God will be planted in these kids hearts.
We had a time of worship in our building and was asked by the head of
the compound to sing in the courtyard when the weather cooled
off…this is huge! God is opening doors for us.
We will start the dental clinic in three days and will do two days in
Keur Madiabel then two days in Taibe Mbyene and another day in another
nearby village. Please pray for the seven dental members coming
tomorrow as they will have little time to rest before the clinic
We will be in touch later. Much love and thank you for your prayers
2010 Senegalese Team
This email was from my mom to us. I didn’t send it out to the email update list, but I will share it here. I left the spelling & punctuation as-is; I thought it was kind of funny & can picture my mom plugging away on a French keyboard trying to make it work!
New thing is internet cafe. 110 yesterday. Did ditch work and watering most all day yesterday at tmb. Sunburnt…should have used tanning bed first: Jim says Hi Alex….everyone asked about you. Team coming tomorrow. All food packed with them…I know thqt will amuse you. Hope all is well in your village…can; wait to come home. This is a french keyboard…hqrd work and sweltering…you best appreciqte the effort1
Much Love Mom