Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Morning came very early today, but we made it to the airport with all our luggage. It is such a fiasco to work with the airlines today. They are constantly changing policies and regulations, it's almost impossible to keep up with them. Embargoes come and go, and we are calling often to check on changes and possibilities in order the get the most goods in we can at the most economical rate. Invariably Robinson calls with last minute additions, this time it was an alternator, a couple suits for a wedding, along with some other little things. The holiday travel embargo was to lift as you might guess, tomorrow. But the nuances of these embargoes are always shifting. The airline told us to call the day before travel, and they might let us take the extra bags that would have been able to go if we had gone in October. We received permission by the main office, we had a plan ready, so we did some quick shifting yesterday morning before we left, and we had our extra bags after all. Fast forward to about 4:30 this morning, all was going smoothly, all but two of the team were through with their luggage, Ray and Deloris were the only ones left with six suitcases. You can guess what happened. The embargo according to the clerk limited us to just four more bags, not six. Funny I had just commented on how smoothly it appeared to be going. As the plot thickened I whispered a prayer under my breath. There was no way these bags could be left behind. Fortunately we had a wonderful and considerate clerk who has served us kindly over the years. With some fast thinking she separated out Ray and Deloris' reservation, and had them recheck for an upgrade to first class. Unbelievably, they upgraded and got all six bags included for free. We ended up saving $130.00! We are now in the air just above Port Au Prince, and I am reminded of the goodness and greatness of God to deliver upon what He means to accomplish! He continues to stretch my faith, and work over my troubling frame of unbelief. Now as I finish this post we are safely in St. Marc. We made absolutely fabulous time in the airport and passed through customs unscathed. We sped along marked paved roads until we entered St. Marc proper, I can't tell you how much that has improved travel. Now at 9:00 pm Rob is delivering our bedding and daypack to a new location we are going to try. The team is weary in well doing, but we are doing very well. So we will call it a day soon. We rejoice tonight for safe travels, for cooler weather, and hugs from a very beautiful Klarissa Belle! She is definitely a star attraction. Blessings from Haiti!
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