|Sorting through the many tubs of supplies|
The Envision staff does a great job with keeping everything organized and ready for visiting teams to use, but in order to be able to do that, there must be behind-the-scenes work put in to make sure everything is good to go for the next group. Otherwise, teams may end up hours away from the city without bath towels or without bed sheets. Although they could probably live through such a scenario, it seems that after a long, hard day of working in the sun, it'd be awfully nice to have a towel to dry off with after your bucket bath and soft sheets to cover your cot.
So reorganizing all of this is what Ben and I got to help with. We separated, counted, and labeled the supplies so they'll be ready to use for the next team that gets here toward the end of April. And actually, the two of us are extra excited about the arrival of this particular team because we get to go out on our very first bush trip with them when they're here! When you think of what roughing it in Africa might be like, that's exactly what we'll be doing for several days: working on a building project out in the extreme heat, taking bucket baths, dealing with nonexistent toilet facilities, eating whatever we're served, sleeping on a cot in the open air. That might sound horrifying to some, but we're super excited to go experience a bush trip!
|Myself, Betty, and Ben with our finished tubs. Everything is organized . . . for now!|
The behind-the-scenes parts of a short missions trip are rarely pointed out yet so necessary for trips to run as smoothly and effectively as possible. The Envision leadership seems to have this process just about perfected; it's clear that they have done a lot of work to get it to be that way. We're so glad to be a new part of the Envision staff here and to be learning what goes into making these one- to two-week mission trips successful experiences both for the team members that come from the States and for the Burkinabe whom they impact for the Lord.