I just wanted y'all to be aware of our newest www.AfricaStories.org package – posted yesterday. The video, story and photos are from the Swaziland trip that I just returned from two weeks ago. Enjoy!
I just wanted y'all to know that we arrived safely in Niger, West Africa, (minus one of my teammate's checked bag – which will hopefully arrive tomorrow). We've been traveling for two days to get here. It's late, and we're exhausted… so I'm going to keep this short. Thanks for your prayers, and please continue praying! Pray especially for Tyler's bag to arrive. She's quite disappointed as you can imagine. The two girls (ages 19 & 24) that I'm traveling with only joined our media team less than two weeks ago. Jess and Tyler are both students and have never traveled internationally before. I'm going to need to be their teacher, trainer, encourager and mentor as much as their team leader (and supervisor). Pray that I'll have God's wisdom and be what they need me to be when they need me to be it. Thanks!
I'll try to give another update soon.
I just wanted y’all to know that I’m heading to West Africa tomorrow afternoon (my time). I’ll be in Senegal from March 8th to 26th. I’m not sure what my internet connection will be like, but I’ve been told that I might be able to check email/internet on occasion.
I’m taking two short-term guys/students (Sean & Neil) that are serving on our media team for a few months (through the IMB Hands On program) with me. Neither guy has been on this type of production trip before, so I’ll be a teacher/guide as much as I will be a media producer. Sean is actually a graphic designer, but will be serving as a photographer on this trip. Neil will be serving as our videographer. Both guys have had a little bit of experience with either video or photography, but they don’t yet have any video journalist or photojournalist experience... which is primarily a way of telling a story through your images. They’ve also never traveled anywhere in Africa before (other than coming here to South Africa), and West Africa is rough! I’ll be serving as a journalist, photographer, videographer and teacher on this trip. No pressure! :-D
We’ll be working in various locations around Senegal with at least four different missionary families, a volunteer family (with two children) serving for 3 months, a church volunteer team, one journeygirl (2-year IMB missionary) and two Hands On girls. There are TONS of stories that we hope to gather while we’re traveling, but more than anything, we just want to be directed to the ones that God wants us to get.
Senegal is 97% Muslim. Please pray that we will be good witnesses for our Lord. I also ask that you’ll pray especially for Neil & Sean to not get sick, be able to endure the food, keep up with their spiritual time and stay rested. We’ll all be taking Malaria medicines – which is new for the guys. We’ve also been told that one of the villages (about 5 days of our journey) will only have bread or rice available for us to eat. Guys... protein... meat... enough said! :-)
For me... I could definitely use prayer as well. I need God’s guidance in knowing how to guide the guys. I need wisdom to know what stories God is showing us, how to best capture those stories through video/photo and how to recognize the needs of the guys that are traveling with me. And of course there’s the cultural aspects of the trip. I need to remember not to look guys in the eye, not to speak to them or touch them in anyway (shaking hands, etc) unless they initiate it first, to not use my left hand for anything – especially eating (since it’s your “dirty” hand) and to be sensitive to other traditional/religious beliefs. (Yes, I’ll be wearing long skirts and a head covering.)
Well, I’ve got to run. LOTS of last-minute things to get done before I leave for the airport tomorrow afternoon. Thank you for your prayers!!!
Margie's adventures around the world!
I was contacted by Mission Network News to be interviewed about some of the Human Trafficking issues that I’ve experienced first-hand. They’ve posted an article, podcasts (in various lengths) and the entire recorded interview on their website. You can find them via the two sites below:
I just thought y’all might be interested...