Disciples Sister to Sister Exchange and Partner Visit to African Continent
Sandra Gourdet, Global Ministries Africa Area Executive, and Phyllis Hallman, Coordinator of the Sister to Sister Exchange Program at several of the past Disciples Women Quadrennial Events, will visit International Sisters and partners in several countries in Africa. Many of these International Sisters have attended a Quadrennial event and have itinerated in Disciples Regions. Below is a glimpse of their travel schedule:
MONDAY, JANUARY 31, 2011
We will arrive in Accra around 8:00 am and will be met at the airport by Joyce Larko. Others may join her but this is not known at this time. We will go to the Paintsiwa Hotel, a place that the Council uses for many of its guests. We will have time to rest before joining Joyce in the afternoon for visits
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2011
Joyce has planned the program so that we visit some of the projects in which the Council is engaged. We may have time to do some shopping.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2011
We will travel by road to Ho in the Volta Region to be with our partners of The Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Ghana. This is about 3 hours from Accra. The UCC has a strong legacy here. Many missionaries served in this area. You will find all the elements of a “mission post” – the church, the clinic, schools, etc.The Church Moderator studied at Christian Theological Seminary about 10 years ago. He is forever grateful for that investment in his life. We will stay overnight at the church’s hotel.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2011
We will probably visit a few projects/programs in the morning. In the afternoon we travel back to Accra. Chances are that we will rest at Joyce’s home while we wait for our evening flight to Nairobi.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2011
We arrive in Nairobi around 5:30 am. Phyllis Byrd has made transportation arrangements for us from the airport to the guest house. We will stay at the Desmond Tutu Guest House owned by the All Africa Conference of Churches. I will spend a lot of time visiting partners. This will be an opportunity for you to visit some of the women’s programs with Veronica.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 5-8, 2011
The program will be coordinated by Phyllis and Veronica
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2011
We travel to Mombassa together on Kenya Air at 1 pm and arrive Mombasa one hour later.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 9-11, 2011
INTERNATIONAL MISSION CONFERENCE
SATURDAY. FEBRUARY 12, 2011
We travel to Johannesburg for our connecting flight to Gaborone.
SATURDAY. FEBRUARY 12, 2011
We will be received at the airport by our missionaries on the ground and Malebogo.
SUNDAY. FEBRUARY 13, 2011
Jim Wilson will be inducted as a minister in the UCCSA church at his congregation.
MONDAY. FEBRUARY 14, 2011
In the morning, we will visit an orphanage at Kanye that is located not too far from Gaborone. Disciples women in Nebraska assisted with some funding and you will have an opportunity to see what has been done. We will also visit a hospice in Gaborone.
Malebogo has arranged for us to meet women of the Kolobeng Region in the afternoon.
TUESDAY. FEBRUARY 15, 2011
We travel back to Johannesburg. We will stay at Wedgwood Guest House in Melville.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2011
Some partner visits may be possible if time permits.