Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Our first day in Zambia...










We arrived safely and sleepy at the Lusaka International Airport this morning at 6:15 am. It was a long trip, but the kids did well considering the conditions. No one got sick and we are very thankful that not only we, but all 18 of our bags, arrived safely. We were met by all the missionaries in our team to help with our bags and guide us through customs. We enjoyed a nice breakfast with the whole team at our new house. What a blessing it was to have our kids instantly loved on by their new friends. It was amazing, actually. I couldn't have forseen the importance of or planned a better welcome party. We had the afternoon by ourselves to freak out. Aughhh... It was just a weird moment of the enormity of everything setting in and feeling so wasted with jet lag to really be able to function at full capactity with the kids needs, your own needs and then the needs of new situation, etc. We went over to a missionaries house for the early evening, enjoyed a nice dinner in our house courtesy of another missionary, and the girls watched a video while we cozied up the girls new room and put them to sleep under the mosquito netting that we will sleep under every night. The house is really great but it also makes you appreciate the normal things we take for granted, like water pressure and a good supply of hot water. We have to use boiled and filtered water for drinking and brushing our teeth, and we have no dishwasher. Overall, it feels very surreal to be here, but we are encouraged. Thank you for your prayers!

13 comments:

Summer Wilson said...

We are so glad you've all arrived safely and that you're getting settled in your new home. We'll be praying for sustained health and just getting used to the newness of it all! We love you Allens!

Summer & Jim

Tamara said...

So happy to hear the news your travels are over. Best wishes!

Team Turner said...

We have been waiting for this one. Appears that God scripted your arrival as only He could. Glory to our Jesus!

We are rejoicing at your safe arrival ...We love the Allens too!

JJCMSCM

Eph 2:10!

Rajesh said...

Your journey is inspiring to our family. May God be with you !!!

- Rajesh.

Derek said...

Wow! You did it! You are truly an inspirational family, and it will be AWESOME to hear of your great adventures with Jesus!

The Lion Lady said...

Welcome to your new home in AFRICA!!!!! I think I recognize some of those other kids!!! Please say hello to Elise, Luke and the kids for me. I know that they will be a blessing to you and you to them as well!!! My prayers are with you.

Deanna said...

Thanks for the email and the blog post! We were checking back frequently to see that you arrived safely. So glad that your transition is going smoothly. I can't even imagine how surreal it must all be for you.

Now, the question: what will you do with all those duffle bags once unpacked?

Ben said...

Here's to the start of your great adventure given to you by God! Exciting and scary all at once. We'll continue to be praying for you!

~Ben Morrell

David & Chris Holmes said...

Hi Steve and Stephanie,

Welcome Home!!! We met in July at Crossroads right before we left for South Africa on a 2 week mission trip. We had a wonderful time and our hearts are still there in Africa. Reading your blog brings back many great memories and it is a blessing for us to be a part of this great adventure God has you on. We are praying for you.

The Larsen's said...

Praise God!

Romeo said...

Praises to our Lord and King for your safe arrival!

Terrin and I were getting nostalgic reading about having to sleep under mosquito nets, as well as having to boil water before use. She says when she came to the states from Taiwan she was surprised people would drink water straight from the tap. I told her when I came to the states I couldn't figure out what a spoon and fork were for since we used only our hands to eat in the Philippines.

May our Lord keep you and your family firmly in His grip, my friend. And thank you for allowing us to take part in this adventure!

p.s. An airline (which shall remain nameless) lost my luggage 2o years ago. Did it happen to end up with yours? It was black, about yea high...

Doug said...

Wow, can't believe you are in AFRICA!! Your old fellowship group (the 1st one) has gotten together and we are reading your blog and looking at your great pics! We love you guys and will pray for you tonight.

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