Away it goes!!!

road trip 2ROAD TRIP!!  This week we made the 12 hour drive down to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to deliver all our “stuff”  to be added to the Egbe Hospital shipping containers leaving port next week. The containers will take 2, 3, 4 or who knows how many months to arrive.  Packing everything you think you may need or want over the next two years has proven to be quite the endeavor.  Through the process of packing and preparing I continually would think back to when we moved into our home in Winston Salem a few years ago.  During the weekend of our move I think we ran to Lowes, Wal-Mart and Target at least a dozen times. Easily and quickly picking up needs and wants for our new home. Then I think to August, when teachers start a new school year.  We flood the local school supply stores buying all the necessary things to make our classrooms fun, inviting, and equipping ourselves for the upcoming year.  Well, when we arrive at our home and school in Egbe this will not be an option.  There will be no store to run a quick errand to, whatever we have with us or inside that container will be what we get!   How scary, yet refreshing!  road trip 1

With this in mind the past few weeks have been full of check list! Followed by buying and filling bins of personal items, household items, and school supplies we think we may need or want over the next two years. OH, the crazy looks you receive checking out with your cart pilled high with personal hygiene items!!! We added to our supply Dr. Dana Iglesia’s belongings also, to take before her move to Nigeria in June. We loaded the truck, strapped it down, taking the next necessary step closer to the ultimate goal!

The trip was long, but we enoyed the quiet time together. Time to just slow down, talk and reflect road trip 3on what the big load of stuff we were hauling meant for our lives ahead! Arriving to Florida late we rested up and the next morning dropped our stuff off at Banyan Air Service.  Don Campion, the CEO/owner of Banyan Air, was the child of missionary doctors who began Egbe Hospital in 1952. Campion was born and raised, in the town of Egbe.    During his growing up years, flying from Egbe to Jos, Nigeria for boarding school Don developed a love for aviation.  Taking this childhood love back to Canada for school and then onward to Ft. Lauderdale he has grown a very successful business and private aviation company.  He now uses this business to glorify His Fathers kingdom through various avenues, but none more important then his continued support and blessing to Egbe Hospital and the revitalization project.  Through touring his complex and spending time with Don and his wife Sueanne, we left Florida with our hearts over flowing.  Bursting at the seams with even more excitement then before.  How thrilled we are to be joining the Egbe Hospital team, led by such an amazing man and family.  The roots of Egbe run deep.  We pray and pray God will use us to bear fruit the way those before us have.

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Now, our belongings are on the way! Help us to go meet them! Please prayerfully consider partnering alongside the people of Egbe and the amazing Egbe Revitalization team by joining our prayer and/or financial team.  We need you! In hopes of leaving for Egbe in just a few short months we must fulfill our needs now! Our one time need is currently at 95% and our monthly needs are at 35%. We also need about 150 more prayer partners.  Click here to GIVE and e-mail nick.riddle@sim.org or katie.riddle@sim.org to join our prayer list or to just ask us questions!

3 thoughts on “Away it goes!!!

  1. Good letter, Nick & Katie!

    How “on-board” I am with you guys! Don and I have been friends since high school; Meg was in his class from 1st grade on. In fact, we’re coming up on our 40th wedding anniversary and we’re spending it at his lake house in Lake Placid, FL. Our 2 kids and their spouses will be joining us there!

    Anyway, I’m so pleased to read of your excitement for moving to Egbe. I’ve been there a few times and know some of the challenges that await you there. Besides that additional 64% you need in monthly partners, I’m praying that those 150 more prayer partners will step up and be very faithful in standing with you in prayer.

    I’ve gotta run now, but know that you are in my prayers.

    Many blessings as you celebrate this Easter season – the Gift above all gifts!

    Dick

    Sent from my iPad

  2. Katie, YOU and Nick are going to be blessed as well as be a blessing. I am praying for you often. I am also going to miss you, but plan to keep up with you via social media. You have been a true inspiration to all of us at UCE! <3!

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