The plane ride to Dubai from Houston is about 15 hours and it feels like forever. While last year we flew in a double decker plane, this year those planes were grounded until August to save money on fuel. Therefore, we traveled in a smaller plane. The 18 of us survived the flight and arrived in Dubai about thirty minutes early (6:30pm/9:30am).
After a minor moment of losing part of our group traveling from the gate to passport control, we all made it out together to catch our ride to the hotel for the night. Once we arrived at the hotel, we freshened up (although we would all need more than 20 minutes to truly freshen up), we met at the hotel lobby to catch a ride to Dubai Mall, one of the largest malls in the world.
I should say all of us with the exception of the Cupit Crew who are experts at this traveling stuff to Dubai and Zambia given they have traveled now over three times for each of them.
Getting a taxi from our hotel to the Dubai Mall was challenging. We had three groups leave the hotel at three different times and all three groups were dropped off at three different locations at one of the largest malls in the world. It took us a good 20 minutes or more just to locate each group.
Thereafter, we ate together and walked the mall together to find the fountain show and one of the tallest buildings in the world. At this point in our travels, the majority of our group has been up for 34 hours or more.
To conclude the evening, we managed to cram 15 people into two vans to get us back to our hotel so that we could get about five hours of sleep before our journey ends in Lusaka, Zambia.
There is some natural fear about what comes next for those in our group who are first time campers to Camp LIFE, but there is also a real amount of excitement about how God will work in our lives and through our lives.
Thank you for your prayers. We are tired tonight, which is Friday afternoon for you all. Our clock has already turned to Saturday after midnight. Enjoy some pictures below, and I hope to write again tomorrow night from our lodge in Lusaka, Zambia.