Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Home Assignment (HA) Chronicles #1 - Familiar Faces

We arrived in the US on March 30th, a day later than we expected since our first flight in the long journey - Port Vila, Vanuatu to Nadi, Fiji - had been canceled due to mechanical problems.  It was the first in a series of flight issues that ultimately kept Sylvia from arriving at her hoped-for and long-anticipated destination of Buffalo, New York, where her little granddaughters were eagerly awaiting her arrival. :)  David had taken a separate flight from Los Angelos to Oakland, California, in order to pick up the VW Jetta that Mark and Elizabeth had offered for our use during our home assignment.  He slept one night and then began the long drive with God as his traveling companion to Buffalo.  It took him 4 long days of driving, stopping to visit family in Colorado Springs and Kansas City and Wesley in Mount Vernon. 

Back to Sylvia, although she didn't make it to Buffalo, Air Trans Airways provided wonderful accommodations for her in Atlanta, Georgia, and then flew her to St. Louis, Missouri, making it possible for her to arrive on time at the Wesleyan Holiness Women's Clergy Conference.  She was well cared for all along the way by airline agents, baggage customer service, and ground transport personnel.  While in the Atlanta airport eating a late night supper provided by the airline, she looked up and was delighted to see familiar faces.  The airport had large, framed photographs of PNG warriors displayed on all the large pillars in the airport atrium.  Everywhere she looked were faces, fierce-some to most viewers, but quite familiar and somehow very reassuring to her eyes.  God has an interesting way of dealing with our anxieties.

"Do not be anxious about anything... the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."  
Philippians 4: 6,7