6.00 am Wednesday 5th December
“Good Morning Ladies and Gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. We have started our descent into Jomo Kenyatta airport, Nairobi, but we have been informed that the weather conditions are extremely unfavourable and no planes have yet made a successful landing today…….”
What?! What happened to those planes…what will happen to us?
“I have decided to make one attempt at landing and if this is unsuccessful then you will hear a change in the engine noise as we climb steeply again and we will continue on to Mombasa. I apologise for this, but the situation is beyond my control.”
Beyond the pilot’s control and beyond ours too.
So all we could do was trust that the lovely, calm Kenya Airways pilot Ahmed knew what he was doing and that we were safe in his hands.
We immediately encountered the densest fog we’d seen for a long time and continued our descent, finally connecting with the runway but still unable to see a single thing: this was not the Africa we had previously known! There was palpable relief on the faces of all the passengers and a spontaneous round of applause for the pilot.
We then had over an hour waiting for our suitcases to be unloaded, whilst the fog cleared and with only thirty minutes to spare before our onward flight to Eldoret, we left without two of our bags. We were assured they would be sent on to us by the evening and once again all we could was to trust the ground staff.
The cases duly arrived in the evening.
We now have a few more situations which require us to exercise our trust. The most pressing of which is finding somewhere to live as the Diocese have not yet found anywhere suitable and we are living out of suitcases in a truly authentic Kenyan hotel. As the Bishop said to us yesterday “The Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head……!”
So we have learned a lot about trust in two short days and doubtless there is more to come.
It is good to be here. Karibu Kenya