"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen."
1 Peter 4:10-11 (NIV)

Shipping supplies to Africa

As I sit writing this post, I'm waiting at my office for an overnight shipment of a brace from Kentucky. I can order this type of brace as late as 9pm central time and receive it by 9am next day from UPS in Texas. Amazing how efficient things can be with planes and UPS. 

That being said, I find the process of shipping supplies to Africa amazing also. I checked in with John for an update on shipping of all our supplies. He and Chris built a shipping crate, 8'x4'x4', to pack all the parts, tools, equipment and a few work benches into. Paperwork has to be in order for shipping, which they have now. They plan to take the crate to the Houston port on Monday that will be transported by ship to a port in Africa. From there, it will travel by truck to New Day Orphanage in Zambia where we will be in April. This all takes several months! John said the crate weighs about 2,000 lbs loaded and will cost about $4,000 to ship. In the crate is not only supplies for our trip in April, but also supplies and equipment that can be left there at New Day for us to use when we go back for another trip. This is exciting! 

A picture John sent me of the crate. 

God, we pray that transporting the crate to Houston, the paperwork, and the process of shipping all go smoothly so that everything we need will be at New Day when we arrive. We pray for safe travels for John and Chris on the road from Temple to Houston.