The Delta leg from Portland to London was pleasant and we all looked forward to a 6-hour layover in London thinking we may be able to take a quick run into the city. That did not happen as Heathrow is a maze which we did not know how to navigate. We decided that a leisurely lunch and wait would have to be our reward for going up escalators, running down mile long hallways, bus rides from terminals 2 to terminal 4 and then to terminal 5 only to go back to terminal 4 and up the escalators and more miles of hallways. Now to relax on a one hour hop to Paris (Air France) for 1 one-hour layover to get our next plane to Nairobi. No, no, no. We had to get boarding passes before going through security. While waiting “patiently”, a couple was in an argument in French that took us up till 30 min. before boarding. Finally with passes in hand we run to security, only to unload everything for the 3rd time including spitting out our last water and making Paul throw away his water bottle. As we run from gate 1 to our gate 20, I discover that Paul can outrun me and that Erin can out run Paul and Cindy can outrun all of us leaving me and Arlene bringing up the rear. All this as Gate 20 blares “last call for flight 814 with gates closing” We were the last 5 people to board and take the LAST 5 seats on the plane. Then when we finally settle into the seats and the jets are blaring it becomes silent. The plane will be delayed for an ice storm over Switzerland. 1-1/2 hour take off delay meaning we land in Nairobi 1 hour late. It only gets better when 2 of our suitcases do not show-up in Nairobi which contain precious VBS materials. Still waiting and praying for those suitcases as I write this.
We finally settled into our lodging after a two hour traffic filled ride through Nairobi. We now have had our much needed showers. Erin, Cindy, Suzan and Arlene have prepared the VBS crafts and puppet show for Tuesday excited that we get to meet with the kids for the first time Tuesday morning. Paul is our cook and prepares us all Chicken, vegetable and pasta stir-fry. It feels good to be clean, laughing, eating and knowing God blessed us by “getting us here safely”. Next time we pray “with no extra drama”.