Road Trip!

Posted: May 3, 2013 by Patrice Miles in Uncategorized

By Lenny Miles

mapLouisville, KY to Tupelo, MS to Ft. Lauderdale FL to Ft. Myers, FL in 48 hours. Who can do that? My dad and I can!

My father and I’s adventure started when we left Louisville, KY on Sunday at 1pm. We drove the 26’ Uhaul truck down to Tupelo, MS arriving around 8pm. Along the way, we took a more direct route from Nashville following the Nachez Trail. It has a speed limit of only 50mph, but there was virtually no traffic of any kind and is a very scenic road (especially compared to boring interstates). In Tupelo, we stayed at the Motel 6 (swanky!). Getting up the next morning, we ate at McDonalds, where I learned that Elvis was born and raised in Tupelo. We proceeded to the Mississippi NW hospital to load used and unwanted medical furniture/supplies that had been donated for the Egbe hospital.


When we arrived, we realized quickly that the largest Uhaul truck we had rented was not big enough for everything, so we had to go rent a trailer to drag behind us the rest of the way. From 8am to 1pm we loaded the supplies, stacking them much like a game of Jenga. On the road again, we were headed towards Ft. Lauderdale, Fl where the supplies and some personal items will be loaded on a shipping container to be seen again in Nigeria. We drove straight through the night, stopping once for dinner and only for gas when needed. We arrived at our destination at 5am Tuesday morning.

banyonWe dropped the truck and trailer with employees of Banyan Air and proceeded to the home of the owner of Banyan. They graciously opened up their home for us to shower and get rejuvenated after our long intense drive. After that, we got to tour the “campus” of Banyan air and see many of the private jets that they service and house there. It was a great morning to catch up with him and his wife because I had not seen them since I was at Egbe in November of last year.

The owner of Banyan was a missionary kid in Egbe in the 60’s and his father was the original surgeon that helped start the hospital in 1952. He now blesses the Egbe Hospital and the people there with procuring materials and sending them in the shipping containers (and many more things). After the tour, we borrowed a car and drove 2 hours to Ft. Myers Beach and we are now visiting with my grandmother who has a condo here. We will come home on Sunday and until then we will relax and catch up on some much needed rest after such a long and eventful week. Thanks for all of your prayers!

Email if you would like to be added to our prayer partner list. We currently have 128 and we would like to have 400 before we leave. You can also click GIVE  if God has called you to become one of our financial partners.

  1. Ellen Vogel says:

    Give Norma a big hug and hello! Safe travels! Ellen Vogel

    Sent from my iPad

  2. james eicher says:

    So happy for you all. Grandpa and Grandma in Texas

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