Here are some ways that God has showed us His goodness:
- At the check in counter we had 5 pieces of luggage and 4 pieces weighed 3 lbs over the limit. Instead of making us take stuff out, she mercifully tagged them as "heavy" and checked them through.
- We had a relatively uneventful plane ride. Until the landing in Toncontin, Tegucigalpa. If you've landed here before, you know what I am talking about. Is it the third shortest international airstrip in the world? In addition to that, the lady in my row got sick. When I saw her reaching for her barf bag, I could not undo my seatbelt fast enough. It didn't matter that we were coming in for a landing. As soon as I started to get up, she glanced up and said, "Thank you". Poor girl! I think she was thankful for some space. The seat behind was empty and I gratefully sat down in time for the landing.
- All the luggage came through with us on the same day. We are not taking anything for granted here. We prayed for that to happen and give God praise!
- The car we thought would be available to us is still at the mechanics, through no fault of its owner. Flexibility is the name of this game. As a side note: when David and I took our first missions trip together, he had had the adventure of having traveled on about five before I joined him. He spoke from experience when he told me that being flexible is of utmost importance. Utmost. After that word from our sponsor, we’ll go back to our regularly scheduled news: We have had the fun of taking taxis around town. It’s actually a great way to get to know the city before we have to drive it ourselves. And thankfully it’s a cheap way to learn. They also help to load and unload purchases. J
The main intersection closest to our house where we can catch a taxi.
- Taxi rides: we got in a taxi this afternoon that didn’t go above 30mph. Phillip wondered if it had been sitting by the roadside because it needed repairs instead of waiting for passengers as we had supposed. He kept looking back when we went over bumps thinking we were leaving car parts behind. I am sure we scraped bottom at one point. Maybe that’s why David gave him a tip... to get some repairs done on his poor car. We see God's goodness in that the other taxi rides have been less exciting.
- Warm weather. Going from 7 degrees to 77 degrees in one day is something we can all handle.
- We walked over to the landlady's house, who is out of town for the next 15 days. We needed the key to Mike and Glenda's side in order to be able to access internet and be able to do laundry. Her grandson was very helpful as he made a couple phone calls to find out where the keys were kept. Thankfully we didn't have to wait 15 days... okay, it just would have 8 days until Mike and Glenda return!
- A special thank you to Mike and Glenda for allowing us to live beside them for the next 3 months!