The Banda Brothers

Trip Start Jan 26, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Thursday, January 26, 2006

Our next flight we depart the plane outside, which is always the first indication we are in another land. As I step off the plane I am overwhelmed by all the familiar aromas of this place....cigarettes, incencse and body odor. Awwwwhhhh...I love this place. "I'm home!" was the message that resounded in my heart! Jami and I then go into the actual airport and the adventure with my luggage begins. I packed for 6 months, so it was a little on the heavy side to say the least. I don't know what I was thinking! I had a lot of trouble lugging it around in the airport (we couldn't check in for like 6 hours). Every native tried to help me lift my luggage, I broke a luggage cart, and everyone was starring at me. I was quite the spectacle in front of all the natives in the airport, as if being an American woman didn't draw enough attention to me. Next we needed to change terminals for a domestic flight. Well to change terminals here, we had to hike like a mile down an old dirt road. A native came along to try to help me with my luggage. He basically took it from me and then hit a pot hole and dumped all my luggage over in front of everyone. I was so embarrassed. Then he took over my luggage cart and almost ran off with it. Jami and I had to sprint to catch up with him. I wish you all could have seen it. It was probably one of the funniest things I have ever seen.

Once we checked in we met up with 5 guys that would be serving with us here. They are absolutely amazing. Some of them are surfers and they are all from different parts...Cali, Oregon, Chicago, and Oklahoma. The Banda Brothers. Their names are Evan, Justin, Elijah (Eli), Quincy, and Rance. Quincy is actually no longer with us, but that is another story. Another brother named David will be joining them in mid Febuary. They started their own Non-profit Org and are using all their funds to aide in tsunami relief efforts. They have such a heart for people and Dad. They most likely will be doing some kind of construction work, but still need some direction and guidance from Dad. Could you please keep them in your yarps? I will keep you guys up to date on what is going on with them as well.

Until next time...
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