Ever wonder what a day in the life of Conner might look like? 😄 Well here is glimpses of just today....
I wake up in Guinea-Bissau at 4:30am, I head out the door around 5:00am. A taxi pickes me up at 5:10am and drives me to the Main Street where he flags down a bus heading to Senegal. I hop in the bus and sleep off and on for the next 3 hours as we drive the dusty and pothole ridden roads up to the border of Senegal. When we arrive at the border I hop out of the bus and get stamped out of Guinea-Bissau then hop back in the bus then head down the road to get stamped into Senegal. The bus then heads into the nearest town and drops me off at the hectic shared taxi and minibus station around 9:30am. I get out of the bus with greetings from some guys who want to help me for a tip so I tell them I want to go to Dakar. He guides me to the minibus (well more like a van) that’s heading there. He shows me where to buy the ticket so I pay and since there only seems to be one or two passengers I know it’s going to be a good long wait. The buses don’t leave until they are completely crammed full of people. Thankfully since I was one of the first passengers and the driver wanted to get some extra money from me I got the front seat. He was trying to charge me too high of a rate for my baggage so I haggle with him and settle with a decent price that would also be locking my spot in the front seat for sure. The man issuing tickets doesn’t have any change right way so he tells me to come back in a bit... while I was waiting for that I grab a sandwich with the help of the man guiding me through the station. I give him the change from my sandwich and he heads off find someone else to assist. I then wait around for my change for the bus ticket a bit longer and once I receive it I grab a few snacks and water for the day then keep waiting and waiting for the bus to fill up. After awhile I meet a Muslim man who speaks pretty good English so I chat with him for awhile and give him a Gospel tract in his local language. I keep on waiting until at last around 12pm the bus is packed full of travelers and we take off. It’s about 3 hours to the border of The Gambia. The passengers in bus and I get stamped out of Senegal then drive 10 minutes down the road to The Gambia immigration where I show a guard my passport he looks at it, finds my visa, and hands it back. A few others in the bus head across the street to the immigration office so I follow them and ask the officer to stamp my passport but she said that I’m good since it’s already stamped. I hop back in the van and we cross the entire country of The Gambia via the new bridge over The Gambian River in just 45 minutes. As we drive I see some monkeys on the side of the road. We arrive at the immigration office heading back into Senegal and I go to get my passport stamped out of The Gambia but the officer said that since they didn’t stamp it entering that it would be useless to stamp it now haha. So I head over to the Senegal office and get stamped in, then buy a water before hopping back in the bus. Now it’s past 6pm and the sun is setting on this long day... it’s been a bit more then 12 hours and I’ve been in 3 countries and passed through too many borders to count, but it’s been good because God is good!!!
So yeah there you go that’s just a very simple example of what a day for me looks like. Most days are a blast but super tiring at the same time. There hasn’t been a single day of my life in the past year and half of traveling that’s even closely repeats itself! Each day I see God at work, I see His powerful providing hand, I see His massive heart for the broken, I see His insane creation, I see His never ending mercy, I see His out of this world creativity, I see His beautiful sons and daughters, I see His masterpiece in each face I look at! Each day I have the opportunity to live for Him, some days that looks like working alongside believers building His kingdom and other days it looks like traveling all day just allowing Him to guide my steps! Serving Christ should be the most epic awesome adventure of our lives! There shouldn’t ever be anything boring about being a follower of Him!!!