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Day 1: Arrival in Douala, Cameroon

Keir Hammer and JJ Williams in BrusselsI met my counterpart, JJ Williams, from White Cross U.S.A. at the Brussels Airport today (Wednesday, May 21, 2014). JJ had flown from Texas and spent the past 26 hours travelling to Brussels. When you include the 8 hour time difference, I am surprised that he was awake at all (and we still had another 7 hours of flying ahead of us!). Tim and I had tried a different approach: we had flown into Brussels a couple of days earlier to allow ourselves some time to adjust to this part of the world. Long flights that cross multiple time zones often result in several days of “jet-lag.” We used those few days over the long weekend to take a quick tour of London, England, and also explore various parts of the Netherlands (ride the train, hop off at a city, explore some sights, hop back on the train to continue the journey).

From Brussels, we travelled together to Douala, landing in a thunderstorm around 11 pm.; It was amazing to see the Mediterranean Sea, followed by the Sahara desert, both clearly visible from 38,000 feet. Later came the greens of the equatorial region in which Cameroon is situated. Cameroon is a vibrant and engaging culture as our experience de-boarding the plane, going through customs, locating our luggage and finally exiting the airport revealed. I eagerly anticipate exploring the partnership of White Cross and the Cameroon Baptist Convention.

WiFi is very limited! We will upload pictures and share more stories as soon as we are able.

2 Great Turnout for White Cross Celebration

 

White Cross Volunteers

More than 70 people joined us at Taylor on May 6th for a White Cross Dessert Night, a celebration of the work on both sides of the Atlantic that is making such a difference for people in need.

Six of those in attendance have been volunteering with White Cross for over 50 years, and a number of those in attendance have been to Cameroon. It was a joy to share photos and stories of the work of Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services, and to report on the upcoming trip by three representatives of White Cross from North America.

Thanks to everyone who joined us! We hope to have another event to report on the trip to Cameroon in May 2014 -- details will be announced over the summer.