Woke up this morning at 3:45am. Headed outside to meet my taxi, but he didn’t show. So we called another one and I made it to the airport in time. There was a guy moving back and forth between check-in desks putting the stickers on the handles and then moving the bags back to the conveyor. As soon as I put mine there he swept by, put a sticker on it and threw it on the conveyor. Somehow in my subconscious I read the sticker and realized it was only to Moscow, not all the way to London. I urged them to chase the bag, and in the end he went round the back and retrieved it. Thank you Lord that I somehow noticed that! So then a four hour flight, followed by a four and a half hour flight (with a 90 minute delay in Moscow – “the airport of the high heel” as I now call it, because I’ve never seen so many people perched precariously on such high and pointed heels!) I made it home around 3pm, and it was great to see everyone again.
It has been a tough week here for Melanie. Although she got over the food poisoning last week before I left, I suspect she never bounced back fully and this week took its toll. On the hopeful side, she is scheduled for more tests in the next weeks which will hopefully shed more light on what is going on with her health. I will write more soon, but for now suffice it to say that it was a real privilege to go where I went and do what I did. This week of ministry has been a real highlight for me and I look forward to more of the same in the future. Please pray that the door will remain open for a return visit. For now, though, we are all ready to crash into bed and get some rest.