Travel Advice of the Day – Burkina Faso

(Inspired by my dear friends from Monterey Church. Thank you for the laughs).

My Travel Advice of the Day

First, you should not order or eat a hotdog pizza or tuna pizza in Burkina Faso. It’s wrong. The smell is wrong, everything about this is wrong. However, when it comes to coffee, it’s ok in desperate moments to drink cold, instant Starbucks coffee, out of a water bottle. Desperate measures can be taken in desperate times especially if the hotel lacks good coffee.

When given a live chicken, it’s not ok to try and bring it back to America, even if it was a gift from your sponsored child’s family. Traveling around with a chicken is not advisable. Traveling on a plane with a chicken is not advisable and going through customs in America with a chicken dead or alive is definately not advisable. photo 2
When writing a blog about your hair being arranged by squirrels, it gives the pastor on the trip ammunition to constantly remind you that you have a squirrel under your hat. And…I would like to remind this particular pastor, who might happen to read this blog, that I can pre-order his lunch tomorrow and it might look like this. I have this power.

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When playing with African children, if you use a ball the size of their mud hut, please remember that this ball can take down small children like a bowling ball takes down the pins.  The only difference is, the children get up laughing and ask for more, and the pins, well they just get scooped up.  DSC_5516

When flying kites with kids in Africa…DSC_5545

…try to avoid the trees.

DSC_5517 (1)When playing with beautiful children, soak in their smiles! Their smiles are a gift.DSC_5530

When traveling in Burkina Faso, remember the amazing things that God has been teaching you.DSC_5600

Do something about it.

DSC_5536Don’t go home the same.

Tomorrow, we will go to another Compassion center, and I know there are kids waiting to be sponsored at this particular project. I have the inside skinny. If you want to sponsor a child, let me know because I can hook you up. We have girls, boys and more girls and boys!

Goodnight from Burkina Faso. It’s late and I am off to bed.

Forgive all my typo’s and late night grammatical errors. My editor, Steve Jones, will eventually fix it all, and that is one of the many reasons I love him!

5 Comments on “Travel Advice of the Day – Burkina Faso

  1. If Bryan eats that plate of food tell him his Mom will make a donation to Compassion. Don’t tell him I’m going to make one anyway. Praying for you all.

  2. I’ve been with Monterey Church for nearly three years (I went to our first Compassion International trip to Cochabamba, Bolivia and filmed/produced the documentary about it on the Monterey Church website.)

    What Compassion International does for these sponsor kids is absolutely unbelievable until you experience it first hand. Words can’t express how much impact meeting and spending time with those kids will have in your life.

    I’m beyond proud to see our Monterey Church families from both campuses following Jesus “to all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything [he has] commanded [us] to do.”

    I just wanted to say “thank you” Patricia for all that you do for us and all of those kids. And even though I’m not there, I’m sure I speak for all of us who wished we could be.

  3. Elaine, I think of you everyday when I write my posts. I think, “what does Elaine need to know about today.” so I am so glad you enjoyed this. The team is a true blessing!

  4. You bless me daily. Thankful for your humor and whit. God is really magnificent. In awe at Gary’s divine appt. If there was one to send that would be the peace maker, love deliverer, it was Gary. Divine sponsorship.

    I love your squirrelly hair!! Bless you lady AND Def order up something memorable for my man! xo e.

  5. Love this post! Especially the part about having girls, boys and more girls and boys who need sponsors!!

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