2014 AFRICA TRIP SUMMARY
DR. TONY HOPPER
JULY 2 THROUGH AUG 2, 2014
KENYA/MALAWI

JULY 2    DEPART ATLANTA   5:45 AM ATL TIME

JULY 3   ARRIVE NAIROBI   1:20 PM  NAI TIME (7 HOURS AHEAD OF ATL);  TRAVEL BY RENTED MINIBUS TO MERU, KENYA, APPROX 5 HOURS NORTH OF NAIROBI; RENDEZVOUS WITH TRULLS AND FAULKNER TEAM.

JULY 4   ONE-DAY SEMINAR FOR AREA PREACHERS AND CHURCH LEADERS AT MERU SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY.

JULY 5   HALF-DAY TEACHING SAME GROUP AS DAY BEFORE.

JULY 6   ANDULA CHURCH OF CHRIST, 4 DIFFERENT CHURCHES REPRESENTED, LARGE GATHERING (APPROX 250 PEOPLE);  I DID A SHORT (ABOUT 15 MIN) SERMON; FAULKNER TEAM DID A CHILDREN’S BIBLE SCHOOL PROGRAM .

JULY 7-8  PHOTO SAFARI AT SAMBURU GAME RESERVE.

JULY 9 TRAVEL VIA  RENTED MINIBUS BACK TO NAIROBI; ARRIVE NAIROBI GREAT COMMISSION SCHOOL LATE AFTERNOON.

JULY 10  SPEAK TWICE AT NGCS ANNUAL ALUMNI CONFERENCE (ONE PLANNED SPEAKER DID NOT SHOW).

JULY 11   TEACH TWICE AT NGCS ALUM CONF.; ONCE ON CONTINUATION OF BEATITUDES, ONCE ON “GLORY/TRANSFORMATION”.

JULY 12  (SAT)   TRAVEL ALL DAY VIA CAR TO WESTERN KENYA, TO OYUGIS, CHECK INTO HILLSIDE BREEZE HOTEL ABOUT DARK

JULY 13 (SUN)  NYANGIELA CHURCH OF CHRIST:   TEACH B’S DURING SS CLASS, PREACH, VISIT WITH ORPHANS AND WIDOWS IN COMMUNITY, TEACH ANOTHER ONE-HOUR SESSION IN THE AFTERNOON.

JULY 14  (MON)   ALL-DAY SEMINAR AT NYANGIELA FOR CHURCH LEADERS FROM 6 DIFFERENT CHURCHES IN WESTERN KENYA

JULY 15   HALF-DAY SEMINAR FOR AREA CHURCH LEADERS, VISIT WITH WIDOWS/ORPHANS SUPPORT GROUP; TRAVEL TO ODUWO, KENYA TO VISIT BRIGHT ANGELS SCHOOL AND MAMA BONYO’S NEW HOME (SEE RELATED STORY IN CHRISTIAN CHRONICLE, JUNE 2014).

JULY 16   ALL DAY TRAVEL VIA CAR BACK TO NGCS

JULY 17   PARTICIPATE IN CHURCH PLANTING EFFORT IN MASAI VILLAGE AT OLEPOLOS, SOUTH OF NAIROBI ; LUNCH AND TEACHING IN MZEE MALOI’S HOME, PRESENT FOOD AND GIFTS; PICTURES

JULY 18   DEPT NAIROBI INTL AIRPORT 5:30 AM; FLY TO ADDIS ABBA, CHANGE PLANES; FLY TO BLANTYRE, MALAWI; CHECK INTO GOLD CARD HOTEL IN BLANTYRE LATE AFTERNOON; HAD VERY NICE DINNER WITH BILL KADZIMIRA FAMILY (BRO OF MALAWI’S FORMER LONG-TIME OFFICIAL FIRST HOSTESS MAMA KADZIMIRA).

JULY 19   CHILOMONI CHURCH OF CHRIST—ALL DAY SEMINAR FOR 4 AREA CHURCHES

JULY 20  CHILOMONI:   TEACH SS CLASS, PREACH ABOUT 45 MINIUTES; LUNCH AT HOME OF BLANTYRE’S ASSISTANT CHIEF OF POLICE (IAN SIMKANDA’S BROTHER); TAUGHT ABOUT 1 AND ½ HOUR AGAIN AT 4:00 PM; QUESTIONS AND ANSWER PERIOD ABOUT  1 HOUR AFTER THAT.

JULY 21   TRAVEL VIA RENTED CAR TO LIWONDE GAME RESERVE; RENDEZVOUS WITH GROUP FROM AUBURN CHURCH OF CHRIST; PHOTO SAFARI; NIGHT AT MVUU CAMP LODGE

JULY 22   BOAT SAFARI ON SHIRE RIVER WITH AUBURN GROUP; TRAVEL VIA CAR TO NAMIKANGO MISSION; TOUR MISSION, SPEND NIGHT WITH BEN AND BECCA HAYES.   BRO SAM TAMBALA PICKS UP BRO MUTANDWA NDORO FROM IGAVA MISSION IN ZIMBABWE WHO RODE PUBLIC BUS ALL WAY FROM ZIMBABWE TO MEET ME.

JULY 23  TRAVEL BACK TO BLANTYRE VIA NAMIKANGO MISSION TRUCK;  NAMAME CHURCH—ALL DAY SEMINAR FOR LEADERS OF 3 AREA CHURCHES IN BLANTYRE

JULY 24  NAMAME CHURCH—ALL DAY SEMINAR AGAIN

JULY 25   TRAVEL VIA AUTO TO DEDZA  ; 6 HOUR TRIP; 2 TIRES WEAR OUT ; HAVE TO CHANGE ONE;  DRIVE SLOWLY ON THE OTHER ONE FOR ABOUT 30 MILES;  CHECK INTO MAPIRI LODGE ABOUT 2:30 PM; TRAVEL TO CHIRINTHI (?) TO PROPOSED SITE OF NEW MALAWI INTERNATIONAL BIBLE INSTITUTE  (MIBI) AND HEALTH CLINIC; WALK UP ONTO MOUNTAIN AND SURVEY SITE OF PROPOSED RESERVOIR.

JULY 26   ALL- DAY SEMINAR FOR AREA CHURCH LEADERS AT MIBI

JULY 27   TEACH SS CLASS, PREACH AT A VILLAGE CHURCH (NAME MISSED) NEAR DEDZA; GREAT CROWD, GREAT SINGING; NDORO SPEAKS PRIOR TO THE LORD’S SUPPER; AFTER LUNCH WE MEET MAMA KADZIMIRA AND ENVOY AT THE PROPOSED NEW SITE FOR MIBI; TALK TO THEM ABOUT THE POSSIBILITIES FOR A POND DAM.

JULY 28   ALL-DAY SEMINAR FOR AREA CHURCH LEADERS AT A RENTED SCHOOL ROOM NEAR MIBI; GREAT ATTENDANCE AND GREAT PARTICIPATION

JULY 29  HALF-DAY SEMINAR ON THE BEATITUDES FOR PREACHERS CURRENTLY ENROLLED AT MIBI; PICKED UP IN DEDZA BY DR BRUCE AND BETH SMITH, MISSIONARIES IN RESIDENCE AT BLESSINGS HOSPITAL AT LUMBADZI, MALAWI (NEAR LILONGWE); TRAVEL BACK TO LUMBADZI.

JULY 30   MEETING WITH CHADZA CHURCH OF CHRIST (WHERE I SPOKE 3 YEARS PRIOR) IS CANCELED DUE TO A FUNERAL; HAD A 30 MINUTE MEETING WITH NAPOLEON DZOMBE; HAD LUNCH WITH MAMA KADZIMIRA AND 3 OF HER BOARD MEMBERS AT BLUE GINGER RESTAURANT; VISITED DR. SMITH CHABAKA AND TUTORED HIM FOR ABOUT AN HOUR ON THE BASICS OF POND DAM CONSTRUCTION; ADVISED ON A SITE WHICH DID NOT APPEAR SUITABLE FROM THE PHOTOS.

JULY 31   DEPART LILONGWE APPROX 1:50 PM ; FLY TO ADDIS; CHANGE PLANES, FLY TO ROME, REFUEL THE PLANE; ARRIVE ATLANTA APPROX 2:10 PM AUG 2  (LOST 7 HOURS); DONAHOOS PICK ME UP IN ATLANTA; STOP  ASAP AND ORDER A LARGE GLASS OF ICED TEA; IVA KATE MEETS ME AT DONAHOOS’ HOUSE; STEAK DINNER AT TEXAS ROADHOUSE; CRASH FOR TWO DAYS; RECOVERING FOR ABOUT 10 DAYS.
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