Teacher stranded in Africa returns home in time for classes

Lisa Orr on church mission trip in Africa.
August 19, 2013 8:28:29 PM PDT
A Cumberland County teacher is getting ready for the school year, and she'll have quite a story to tell her students.

Lisa Orr ended up stranded in Kenya after a massive fire at an airport.

Orr, a physical education teacher at Lillian Black Elementary School in Spring Lake, spent three weeks in Kenya on a church mission trip, and teaching physical education to school children there.

"I was staying with some friends, on the campus of Roselyn Academy, which is where I taught for 11 years," said Orr.

She was supposed to fly home Aug. 8, but the fire at the Nairobi airport left her with no way home.

"It was heart-breaking," said Orr. "It was really sad, because I've flown out of there so many times."

No one was killed or seriously injured, but the fire closed the airport for several days, which left travelers wondering how and when they would get home. Orr says the situation was stressful at first, but she was never in any danger.

Orr's initial concern was getting back home in time for the start of a new school year. Monday was the first full day back for teachers and staff. Luckily, Orr made it back with a little time to spare. She got in Saturday afternoon."

It was ten days later than she planned, but with stories to tell her students, how her summer mission trip turned into an out of Africa adventure.

"I look forward to telling them about what it was like," said Orr. "I try to share that with them, and help them see what, and how good they have it here."

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