Greetings from N1geria again!
We arrived back in Jos mid-morning on Friday after a safe flight and drive from Abuja. The morning of the day we were due to fly (Thursday) I suddenly realised that my thyroxine tablets (a daily medication that keeps my metabolism going) had not arrived in the post. We thought they had arrived much earlier but the package we thought contained them turned out to be sausage casings! On calling the suppliers it turned out that due to a miscommunication they had not in fact posted them and were expecting me to collect them. So following a brief period of panic stations we came to the conclusion that the only way to be sure of getting them in time was for me to travel into London on the train and pick them up myself. Thankfully the suppliers were willing to pay for my train fare as they acknowledged that they were at fault for not posting them. So I hopped onto a train at the bustling Haddenham and Thame Parkway and made my way to London – not what I had expected to be doing on the morning of our departure! I was able to make it there, collect the tablets and get home again in less than 3 hours so I wasn’t even late for lunch. Never been more grateful for a combination of good public transport, living close to London and over-night flights!
Tim’s organisational skills were put to good use in packing our 9 cases. After repeated checking on multiple weighing devices he was still not confident that none were over the limit so we approached the check-in desk with a small amount of trepidation and lots of prayer. The poor bloke who was on the desk had been on shift since 4.45am and in his words “my desire to finish my shift far outweighs your desire to have underweight bags” so despite several bags being a touch on the heavy side (fine example of British understatement) he didn’t charge us any extra! Thank you Lord!
On the other side of security we met up with another family travelling back to Nigeria with their three young girls, it was great to have friends to pass the time with until our flight took off at 10.50pm. Despite the late hour the kids did really well and all was peaceful during the flight.
We arrived in a wet, rather chilly Abuja at about 5 am and proceeded through immigration without a hitch – again thank you Lord! After much careful manoeuvring we finally fitted all our bags into the car, squeezed in ourselves and headed to Jos. It was wonderful to get back into our own home and unpack all the bits and bobs that we brought back with us.
Thank you so much to all of you who gave us your hospitality while we were in the UK, it was great to see you all but I must admit that it is very good to be home!
School starts again on Thursday and they are woefully short of teachers. This places a great burden on the teachers and on the administration as they try to work out how to cover all the classes. Please pray that God will give the administration wisdom and that He will provide the necessary teachers.
Good health while we were in the UK
Being able to return on schedule
Safely back home and settling back into life here
Wisdom for Hillcrest administration
More teachers for Hillcrest
A good start to the year for Dan and good relations with his classmates