At this point if you are following along, you may know that we have flown long distances. Our flight from Tanzania to Germany alone, was over 3,000 miles. Our group is strong, but at the same time I can say that I am missing my wife and home in Oklahoma. I know many of our team members have similar feelings. Our jobs are rewarding, but they are a sacrifice to our families and loved ones back in the states.
That being said, we boarded an overnight flight from Tanzania and awaited a new journey in the Deutschland!
We arrived in Zurich, Switzerland and were quickly hit by the cold. Not a bitter cold, but when you have been in ninety degree weather, fifty-five feels chilly!!! We were greeted by a few staff members from Black Forest Academy (BFA) at the airport and then we left for Germany (about an hour drive North) and the Janz Bed and Breakfast in Kandern, Germany.
We arrived on Sunday and used this day as a time of rest for us as a team. I took a big nap after arriving and later went on a hike with a couple Okies who work at BFA. The trails were well kept and the trees were astonishing. The Lord is good and His love endures forever!
After a relaxing night, we woke up to a nice breakfast and hot showers! We were so excited to have Internet access and a shower with great water pressure. After days of travel, this was very refreshing! When we finished breakfast we left to the train station and rode to Freiburg for a day trip. The train was clean, smooth and best of all, free. Freiburg is a beautiful city. The architecture is modern, but classical with much of it built after World War II. As far as our time was concerned, we had many options to choose from including visiting different shops and eating different foods. One highlight involved climbing a long spiral staircase to reach a cathedral at noon to hear the bells ring.
We headed home at 3:30 and relaxed a bit before heading to the evening parent session at BFA. The session was well attended and our hope is that it was beneficial to the parents who attended. The next day we went to BFA to deliver sessions to students and participate in a college fair during the afternoon. About half of the students at BFA stay in the dorms, and there is a very strong sense of community among the faculty and students.
We ended the fair and drove to the local supermarket to buy chocolate and other goodies to take back home with us. Once we packed, we returned to Zurich and flew to our final destination, Vienna, Austria.
May God bless you and thank you for reading this blog.
International Admissions Counselor
Oklahoma Baptist University