After I said my goodbyes at the airport and checked my suitcase I made my way to the gate headed for Seattle. While waiting there the Lord highlighted a woman to me. She looked very solemn. I prayed silently for her as we began boarding the plane. She sat across the isle from me and one row up. When we landed in Seattle I made my way to the gate headed for Dubai to check in. That woman was standing was standing in the line in front of me. She looked back at me so I made some small talk while waiting to talk to the ticket agent. Her name was Anna Maria. She was originally from Romania but lives in Dubai. Anna Maria told me that she was visiting her husband who lives in Boise and works at Micron. After checking in with the ticket agent we had two hours to visit before the flight departed so we grabbed a bottle of water and visited. Our talk revolved around religion. Anna was not religious but her husband was. She had read the Korean and the Bible and was confused. I shared with her about Jesus and how he was alive. I shared some of my personal testimony. At the end she came to the conclusion that you have to accept Jesus as a matter of faith. She didn’t make as commitment at that time but seeds were definitely watered.
When I boarded the plane I was amazed at the hospitality. Here is a couple picturea of the plane.
the flight to Dubai was a long 14 hours. I wasn’t able to sleep on the plane but I did keep myself busy watching several movies that were available on the in flight entertainment system. One of the coolest things they had on the plane was fibre optic lights in the ceiling. When the cabin lights were dimmed they resembled stars. When I arrived in Dubai I had time to talk with my wife Bree and let her know I was “still alive”. An hour later I boarded the 8 hour flight to Johannesburg. I sat down next to a young man from Malawi named Cali. He was visiting some friends in Portland and was on his way back to plant a church in his hometown. I shared some of my experiences from my years on staff at Cloverdale Church of God. He was very grateful. We exchanged email addresses and then we feel asleep.
Upon landing in Johannesburg I made my way through customs and found my baggage. Josh was waiting for me and after a hug and a quick picture.
we made our way back to the house. I was very tired but I decided to stay awake because it was early in the day. I was told that it would be better to stay awake and go to bed at night in order to minimize jet lag. So we spent the day running errands and catching up. Here is a picture of all of us in the car preparing to run errands.
at the end of the day I was exhausted. As Josh was driving home I couldn’t keep my eyes open. I barely remember crawling into bed. I can tell you that I don’t think I moved the whole night.
The next morning after breakfast I was able to help fix the pool at the ministry house.
my time at Twin Dolphin pool and spa learning some skills came in real handy. (Thanks Don).
The next couple days will be spent here in Pretoria rehashing and preparing for the move to Mossel Bay. It is a 14 hour drive. Please keep Josh, Christian and I in your prayers as we drive down this Sunday. Mindy and the rest of the children will fly down the following Wednesday. While we are there we will be looking for apartments and making Connections with the locals. I am looking forward to the road trip. I will post again in a couple days so stay tuned.