The past two days seemed to blend together. Last you heard, the equipment was on its way from Uganda, well not so fast. Not minutes after I posted “Day 1”, we received word the Congo authorities were asking for an excess of $7,000 in duty, about equal to the cost of the equipment. This was devastating news.
We reached out to very dear friend who already provided a lot of support for the project. He helped us, once again. Other than my endless thanks, all I have to say, I get to pay for lunch next time! More on the equipment later.
Our flights were mostly uneventful, just a bit long and tiring. The flight on the 10-seater plane to Bunia on MAF airlines was beautiful. Note to self, don’t take pictures of the planes in the Bunia airport. The officials get cranky and pull you into their office and attempt to teach you French with a series of hand gestures. Oops! Well worth it, I got a great picture of Kyle with the plane.
Now, back to the equipment, it still sites at the Congo/Uganda border waiting for a final signature, boy this is frustrating. Hopefully it will make its way to us tomorrow.
Day 4: Tuesday (April 21)
GOOD NEWS: The final signature was obtained from the authorities at the border, less good news; the truck broke down 2 hours outside of Bunia.
We were able to accomplish a lot today with the material we have, but tomorrow will be a rest day waiting for the truck to arrive. We are both pretty tired from the heat and humidity, so a few hours of rest might not be a bad idea.
We continue to meet wonderful people around the campus; it appears our equipment dilemma has been shared with many.
We attended a mission’s bible study last night with people from AIM, African International Missions. There were a couple of young ladies, straight out of high school teaching English in a local school. They had just received a care package from home, Edinburgh, Scotland. We were treated with homemade white fudge with cranberries, it was wonderful.