By Bill VanderKlippe, Director
The month of March was approaching, and, as the Canadian winter was winding down, it seemed like a grand idea – travel to a warm place. We quickly discovered that there can be a substantial difference between one "warm" place and the next.
Our daughter Lisa had gone to Chad, Africa the fall of 2011 on a short term voluntary mission placement under the SALT ("Serving and Learning Together") program of the Mennonite Central Committee. We wanted to see her and share in her experiences, so in March of 2012 we made the trip to join her for a few days. Our arrival was in the evening, we were "warmly" welcomed with the dry 85+ ° (F) heat of Chad. The trip from the capital, N'djamena, to Moundou started early the next day, and lasted 6+ hours in a small bus, with temperatures topping +90° F.
My name is Bill VanderKlippe, and last year I became a board member of Mission:Chad. That first trip to Chad, and visiting the orphanage, Village Altonodji, strongly impacted us to regularly support the orphans—which resulted in a second trip in March 2015 to a country where travel is a challenge to those accustomed to North American life.