boarding pass and handed it to me. It was then that I realized that the union president had made arrangements for my flight. When I went to check my baggage, I was informed that I would have to pay an excess baggage fee. I explained my situation and after a bit of pleading, they agreed to reduce the fee to $20 dollars. The plane whisked me away from Rwanda, my first experience out of the United States, and the place that taught me so many lessons about life, love, and trust. Arriving in Kenya, I was required to pay a $50 visa fee to enter the country. I had $55 in my pocket. I had been relying on God completely, and now my
faith that He had a plan for me was increasing. As I walked out of the airport, I saw a group of people holding signs with names on them. Hopeful, I scanned the crowd and sure enough, a woman was holding a sign with my name on it! Breathing a huge sigh of relief, I told her how excited I was to see her. Then I asked her what the plan was. She led me to a taxi and told me that the driver would know where to take me. When I asked the driver where we were going, his answer was, “SDA.” That was enough for me. Exhausted, I fell asleep, awaking an hour later to hear the driver say, “You’re awake just in time to see it! It’s at the top of the hill. SDA.” As we
1 Eric with a child in Kibera, a slum where Maxwell’s volunteers do outreach. 2 & 3 AVS volunteers making friends at an orphanage. 4 AVS volunteers and students enjoying a Christmas gift exchange at a faculty family’s home.
approached the crest of the hill, I saw the gate to Maxwell Adventist Academy. Adventist Volunteer Service (AVS) had made arrangements for me to become part of the volunteer staff at the school, and I would spend the next several months teaching and tutoring and learning about a new culture. But most important, I learned to trust God even when I couldn’t see the big picture for myself. * This position was not processed through the office of AVS. Originally from the United States, Eric Drab, served as an academic tutor for math, science, and English at Maxwell Adventist Academy in Kenya.
Mission 360 Magazine - May 2014