On Friday we traveled from Dakar to Thiès for orientation. On Saturday evening students met their host families. This weekend, Thiès was also hosting the 50th anniversary of the Baptist Mission in Senegal. We got to attend their opening event of choral singing and dancing on Friday night. Several of the host families are associated with the Baptist Mission and you will see that one family even had a dress made for their GC student in the theme cloth for the event. There was an all-around sense of warm, animated, eager hospitality with an underlying current of uncertain anxiety as families and students met for the first time and left for various parts of the city.
Regretfully, a few students and families slipped out before we could get a picture taken. Everyone did get to a family and we will try to get a picture of those we missed up on the blog soon.