After twelve hours in airplanes and another four in the Brussels airport we finally arrived in Ouagadougou at 3:45 p.m. local time (which was 11:45 a.m. Monday in Virginia).

Flying into the city and looking down at it through the airplane’s windows was interesting. The first thing I noticed was the lack of paved roads; with the exception of the city itself, all the surrounding roads are reddish brown hard-packed earth. The other thing was the preponderance of single story buildings.

The ride from the airport to the hotel was fascinating. Like many European cities there are more motor scooters than cars, and driving is pretty much a free-for-all. The roadsides are full of ramshackle stalls selling all manner of goods. Lots of goats, chickens, and the occasional scrawny water buffalo, too. Kids try to sell stuff to cars stopped at intersections. It all amounts to country that is relatively poor, with everyone trying to make some money however they can.

Joseph is thrilled to have us here. He says it’s the first time anyone has come here from America specifically to see him. which made us feel very honored. After he got us checked in at the Hotel des Conferences, and helped us order dinner, we talked for a while about plans for the week before he went home to his family. Tomorrow we are meeting his family and visiting the school to meet the kids.

Thank you for your continued prayers. BTW, the bed is sans footboard. Yea, God!