July 10, 2015
Greetings from Houston,
Thank you so much for your prayers. I arrived early to the airport to deposit my check-in luggage. Unfortunately one of the bags was 52.5 lbs despite weighing with a digital luggage scale and so the sorting began. Things were at least a little bit easier because I took the luxury of getting a $5.00 cart an it was worth every penny. I was able to pull out some surgical gloves, betadene swabs, and my sandals which made the bag 50.5 lbs. As a result the luggage was thus checked in and the first issue was resolved. This made my carry-on luggage even heavier because, of course, I was not going to leave my sandals and gloves behind! So after stuffing them into my knapsack, I loaded the knapsack on my back weighing about 40 lbs, pulled my computer bag which weighed another 35 lbs, and in my other hand I had my Spanish notebook and surgery journal . As luck would have it, the escalator was not working so down the steps I went lugging everything. I did make it through security and thanks to Sheryl Funakoshi who was my faithful driver and great friend; I waved her on with my betadene swabs! I had made her wait just in case I had any contraband in my check-in luggage that I would have to deposit in her hands to take back home and then go through security a second time. I was thrilled to get through security and the second issue was resolved. I had to laugh because by the time I arrived at my gate, I was dripping wet with perspiration. I don’t know how those soldiers in combat lug those heavy knapsacks on their back day in and day out. Anyway, after a brief rest, we were on our way to Houston. I wish you could have seen me taking off my shoes and standing on my seat of the plane to put my knapsack that now felt like it weighed equivalent to a small elephant into the overhead bin!
So now I am sitting in the Houston airport with a 6 hour layover. I really don’t mind because I think I need the rest! On the bright side of things, I discovered a way to place my knapsack with the shoulder straps criss-crossed around the handle on top of my rolling computer bag. The downside is that I noticed that my computer bag’s wheels are now bending outward! I guess I make a better pack mule than my computer bag but it sure beats carrying the knapsack. I can always get another cheap computer bag when I get home. Saving my back is becoming a priority!
I will be turning off my phone service soon so I will not have texting service or phone service and it will be at least a day before I can connect to the internet. Please continue to pray that I get through the biggest hurdle which is customs. The good thing is that God can leap over the biggest hurdle that we can face so it is all in His hands. Once in Guatemala City, I will be traveling to Cubulco the next day which is an all day affair. Some have asked how long I will be in Guatemala and I guess I forgot to make mention that I will be coming back on August 22 so keep those prays coming.
Building muscles for Christ,
Later on July 10th
It is 11 PM so I want just to quickly say that your prayers have worked. I got through customs without much trouble. I was stopped and my luggage searched but once they saw my Guatemalan license they let me pass. All is well here and I am at the AMG house in Guatemala City that they acquired this year which is a delight because as you can see I have internet access for the first time since coming down for years. Will send more information later but praise the Lord that He has been the great shepherd and He lead his sheep! Good night. Will write more later. Thank you so much for your prayers. Barb