We have finally arrived in Pucallpa, PERU!! After the Comissioning Service, we left for Miami International Airport where we spent the night. We flew out Sunday night for Lima. The flight went really good and was about 6 hours. The team was just happy to be able to take their boots off, enjoy the air conditioning and comfortable seats.
Once we arrived in Lima we thought we had a 16 hour layover, but that was not the case. When we rechecked our luggage and and got our tickets for the next flight, the attendant said our flight was at 5pm. Well come to find out it was at 5am. As were are rushing to make the flight all of the team members except for one made it through security. Her boarding pass did not scan when they tried to scan it. So we were told that we needed to go downstairs to obtain a new boarding pass. I told Josiah not to get on the plane as we all travel together. No one gets left behind even if they are with a leader. We all go or we all stay. Throughout all of this the team had such a great attitude and really went to the Lord in prayer. Our flight was rescheduled for the next day, Tuesday at 5am. We get on the plane and ended up sitting on the runway for about 2 hours before they decided that the weather in Pucallpa was too bad for a plane to land. So once again we had to reschedule our flight. We finally left Lima at 1135am on Tuesday and then arrived to El Shaddain Bible Missionary Church at 1pm. Through everything, God constantly was reminding us that He is in charge. He knows what he is doing and had His hand over everything that happened. We were able to minister to so many more people becasue we spent 36 hours in the Lima airport. We were able to share with people what we will be doing this summer and even the leaders were blessed by a few of the LAN attendants who were gracious and understanding everytime we had to reschedule a flight for 21 people. Since we had a lot of time in the airports a lot of the team memorized their verses. We also practiced quizzing and played team building games. All in all it was a learning experience for us and good reminder that God is in control!!
TRAVEL TESTIMONIES FROM TEAM MEMBERS
In a few words I would have to say that the airport was a once in a lifetime experience. It not only included little sleep and many trips through security, but we all learned how to be flexible. In all seriousness, God truly tested my faith in Him and our patience with eachother.
The trip to Pucallpa was ineresting. What happened in the airports I will never forget. I was thinking. “God why are you doing this?” Then God reminded me that He is the Man and is in TOTAL CONTROL! I learned throught traveling that God is in control and everything happens for a reason. He will also help us throught any situtation if we just ask him. Even though we had many trips through security and moved around a lot, I will never forget it!