“Our God is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all that we ask or imagine” and He certainly has today. Our biggest initial concern for this trip was that we were taking 31 checked bags when only 20 would be allowed at no extra expense. We had been praying for a kind- hearted Delta agent to give us grace in waiving for some of the fees. We had expected to pay for as many as 11 additional bags, which would have cost $75 per bag or a total of $825. When we began to check in, we prayed silently as the Delta agent checked bag after bag at no additional cost. When all the bags were checked, she said “I’m sorry, but you will have to pay for this one bag!” We couldn’t believe our ears. We only had to pay $75!!!! Our God had performed MIRACLE #1
When we arrived at Johannesburg, we were all excited and ready to meet our missionary hosts at the airport and begin our briefing about our week ahead. In the past 7 trips, we have always walked right through customs without incident. As we walked by quickly, a customs agent pulled us out and directed us into the “to be declared” room. They asked us what was in the boxes, and we told them “gifts for orphans in Swaziland”. They told us that we would need some paperwork from Swaziland that said that we were bringing items in under a non-profit ministry. For an hour, we tried our best to get what was necessary to allow us to come through, and it didn’t look like we were going to get anywhere. They told us that we would have to leave the boxes until we could get the paperwork. We began praying fervently. You know those kind of prayers. These kind of prayers where you are pleading and crying out to God with a passion from the bottom of your toes to the top of your head prayers. All of a sudden, out of the blue, the customs agent looked at us and said “You can go”. It was an immediate sudden turn that could only have come from God. MIRACLE #2
Please pray for two of our team members, Patti & Laura Kay Bazemore, who are sick with stomach bug. They have been real troopers but it is difficult for them to keep the pace. Please pray that they will have a full recovery by tomorrow morning.
Tomorrow, we are leaving Johannesburg at 7am in order to drive to Swaziland to arrive at Ruby’s care point by 1pm. We cannot wait to see our kids.
Thank you “at home” team for all of your prayers and support!
We love all of you!
Swaziland Team #2