I made it! This trip back to Zimbabwe was filled with miracles, love and gratitude!
I was flying stand-by on a buddy pass because of a very generous friend who works for Delta. This meant that my travel was significantly less expensive than normal, but that I would not have a solid flight plan, and whether or not I would get a seat on my flights would be dependent on whether or not there were seats available! And with all the travel being stopped through Europe and airports full of people going nowhere, no one could guarantee that I would get anywhere, on flights that looked overbooked!
But I went in faith to LAX on Monday night. My dear friend Deborah dropped me off at 10:30 at night for a 1am flight, and not only did I get a seat on the flight, but I got a FIRST CLASS seat on the flight! Wooohooo, that meant that I got a few hours of really good sleep! I had a long wait in Atlanta, and no knowing if I was going to get a seat on the flight from Atlanta to Johannesburg, South Africa, I tried to make a plan to spend the night if necessary. I was able to spend the day with some friends and it was so nice to be loved on and to visit with people I haven’t seen in a long time, and when they dropped me off at the airport, I was once again given a fabulous seat on the VERY long flight to Joburg. I sat with a group of men, about my dad’s age who were traveling to South Africa for a hunting trip together. They were so much fun and so sweet to me!
When I made it to Johannesburg, I was too late to make the South African Airways flight, and thought I might have to spend the night in South Africa, but again I found favor and was able to get on a seat on an Air Zimbabwe flight to Harare and was in Zimbabwe by 10:30pm on Wednesday! It was an unbelievable trip and, thanks to all of the prayers, I think my best travel to Zim ever!
I have been here for 6 nights now and I am pretty much on schedule and over the jet lag! I most of Thursday and Friday except for a few visits with friends and a trip to my favorite orphanage to spend some time with some very special kids and a little girl names Ruthie that I have missed so very much!
Then this weekend, my dear friends Walter and Tatendwa got married, it was so nice to be a part of that celebration! What a great time!
This week is filled with meetings and preparation to get back to work! I love and miss you all so very much! Thank you for all of your prayers, encouragement and support! I will be updating my blog as often as possible with stories and pictures so keep checking back!