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Arrived and Ready in Burundi

Written by Brenda on Sunday

Amahoro!  Peace from Burundi Africa, our home for the next 5 days.

13 Fort Worth Watermarkers traveled from DFW to London, on to Nairobi, with a final destination of Hotel Dolce Vita in the capital city of Bujumbura.  Travel took approximately 26 hours, and it was obvious that the Lord was sustaining the team every step of the way.  Some of the ALARM staff graciously met us at the airport at 2 in the morning, and from the moment they saw our weary faces they have done nothing but serve and love us.  We live continents apart – with a stark contrast in our day to day life – yet the love and sacrifice of our good, good Father binds us as brothers and sisters.  We have discussed that, although they are complete strangers, we feel a strong bond and instant love for them. The light in their eyes and joy in their hearts is magnetic.

After a night of sleep and many cups of deliciously strong local coffee, we headed to the ALARM headquarters for a meet-and-greet followed by lunch.  It was our first chance to see the countryside, and God completely outdid himself with the beauty of His creation through flowers, mountains, and the vegetation.

The ALARM headquarters is bigger than I had anticipated. You can tell that great thought and prayer went into how the facilities could best serve the people of this country.  The staff is warm, welcoming, humble, servant-hearted, respectful, and others-focused.  Qualities I “think” I possess – but when I was hot, hungry, and tired last night, those thoughts were the furthest from my mind.

Back at the hotel, we are enjoying time together working on lessons for the conference and streaming the worship service live from Dallas.  I am one of 5 on our team who have never served on a discipleship trip, and I am having a hard time wrapping my head around the conditions I saw locals living in while we have access to WiFi, air conditioning, and hot water.

As we prepare and lead the conference please pray for the safety of participants traveling, energy for the ALARM staff, continued health and cohesion for our team, and that we would be open to the adventure the Lord has called us on.

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  1. Kim Stroopeon Feb 5th 2018 at 7:21 pm

    So excited y’all have WiFi. Thanks for posting. Praying for an amazing week. Love you all!

  2. Kelly Nixon Feb 5th 2018 at 11:47 pm

    Thanks for the update! I’m Praying for His work through you all is as strong as the coffee🤪! love y’all!!!

  3. kristin don Feb 6th 2018 at 3:46 pm

    love this! continued prayers for health, cohesion, provision, hearts to hear what He would have you, clarity in communication and teaching, unexplainable moments that can lead back to Him, good weather ( has it been rainy? ) and REST! 💜💜💜

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