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Hello from the very hot country of Chad. Over the past three weeks I have been seeing, experiencing, and learning so much. I grew up listening to African mission stories from my grandparents and my dad, but I never imagined that I would actually be called to Africa. Now, after nearly two and a half years of intensive training, my volunteer ministry in Africa has begun. I am excited to be able to share with you a few thoughts on my experience so far. Short version ============= For the past three weeks, I've been working at the Adventist Medical Aviation project in Chad, working with Gary and Wendy Roberts. Much of my time so far has been spent on two projects: the hanger and staff housing. Both projects are underway, but have a lot of work remaining. Language learning (French) is another topic of learning and study. I would like to learn the local dialect eventually, as well. On Sabbaths, we go down to a village about 5 kilometers south of here and have Sabbath School under a mango tree for the children there. We are also in the initial stages of starting a nutrition center to help with some of the severe malnutrition cases here. Long version ============ The flight from Atlanta to Paris was basically uneventful. Arriving in Paris early morning, I had time to take the subway into the city and walk around for a while to see the Eiffel Tower and the Notre Dame Cathedral. Late afternoon I boarded another commercial jet for N'Djamena, the capital of Chad. Upon landing, I negotiated the maze of...