The beginning of three graces…. Grace One: Plane Rides

And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

Plane rides are a pretty frequent occurence for me these days. And when I say plane rides I mean longggggggg plane rides. These long plane rides started in January when I flew eight hours from Chicago to Brussels and then six hours from Brussels on to Yaounde Cameroon. I am also becoming use to hopping plane rides. If you don’t know what I am talking about it is that ride that takes you from Yaounde to Douala to Accra to Lome to finally your destination. You go up and down, short hops, until you get there. Sometimes all this hoping make for a long plane ride. I have even become accustomed to itty bitty planes.

Yaounde to N'Gaoundere 006

Wonderful and interesting things happen as a result of plane rides. I have discovered that I can fly in a six seater and not get motion sick. I can also get reading and writing and a little sleep on long plane rides and I can meet interesting people.

In April, flying  to Liberia I met Grace. We stood in line together at the airport. Grace has a PH.d in some science/medical field that I cannot pronounce of spell; she works in California. She was flying back to the continent of her birth, Africa, for a family funeral. We talked exchanged information and promised to keep in touch. Grace is looking for the possibility of doing public health work for a non-profit and has since sent me her resume.

It was good to find a companion to talk and break up the long journey from Cameroon to Belgium and then to Liberia. On this job I will have lots of encounters, lots of conversations and meet lots of people, but seems so far I am meeting more than my fair share of people named Grace. You decide whether it is a coincidence or not.

I am westafricabound.

(This blog post began as a writing about plane rides and has turned into three blog posts…stay tuned.)

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