Monday, November 10, 2008
Houston we have a problem....
"Now it was time for them to follow His example..." At 5:00am in the dark of Bergstrom Airport, Dan and Gregg were prepared to depart for Swaziland, Africa only to arrive in Atlanta for a 5 hour layover. When time came to board they were excited and relieved to finally get on the plane. They soon discovered that their TVs were not working-big bummer they thought. Little did they know that it was the beginning of a bigger issue this aircraft would experience. However, take off they did and soaring about 700 miles over the ocean the Captain revealed that they must return to Atlanta. YIKS! It seems there was an electrical problem aboard this bird! No need to worry folks Dan and Gregg were in full control of the situation at hand. Being the seasoned veterans (age veterans that is) they were prepared and armed with video in hand they determined it would be important to film the turnaround and fuel jettisoned out over the ocean. Being a novice who am I to judge their methods in the face of an electrical problem and too much gas 700 miles out over the ocean... however, it is Dan and Gregg after all. Jennifer and I received calls during a time we thought they were supposed to be in the air happily on their way to stage 4 sleep. I answered the phone more curious than anything and I hear these 2 men laughing and having a grand time and oh so proud of their video they now have... oh by the way, can you please ask Phil to get in touch with Chris to let her know we are going to be late in Swaziland... "Ya think?" I thought. Again, it is Dan and Gregg and these two are not going to let a little aircraft electrical issue deter their spirits or their plans...mighty disciples for God that they are!
You will all be happy to know that they did indeed arrive safely in Jo'burg and the flight change was completely successful and Chris was there to meet them and all their nonsense...praise God for happy hearts!
On their first full day in Swaziland, they all went to service at St. Paul's Methodist. They skipped out early to help with the kids at the weekend carepoints... below are some photos from that. They handed out the Jesus Loves Me bears that the children ministry provided and Chris had. I am told that these children were so thankful and hugged their bears so tightly and smiled so brightly...
"He put a child in the middle of the room. Then, cradling the little one in his arms, he said, "Whoever embraces one of these children as I do embraces me, and far more than me—God who sent me." mark 9:36-37
They are heading out to the schools and to meet with the Superintendants and School Leaders to work together to determine how drops of grace can help. Please keep them in your prayers. Come back and check on their journey.
Peace and blessings,