This year the tough decision not to go to Romania had to be made due to other commitments throughout the year. Yesterday the team left for Romania and have begun the blogging. As they were in London I received an email asking if I could blog while they were there as well. Now there is one obvious flaw in this theory. I am not there and cannot see what is going on and so what I thought I could do is provide the interpretation to the official blog. Now I might not do this every day but will try to provide color commentary when needed.
Romania - An Ordinary Travel Experience?
As the title would imply there is never an ordinary travel experience when going on Missions. As a large group all travelling in the same color T-Shirts you always draw attention which is great when you can then talk about Jesus but not so great when you are going through security and something goes wrong. I was convinced Don was going to try an take his blow dart gun in his carry-on so that he could keep the team in line on the plane. Actually I thought he would put it in DJ's bag so that he could claim innocence.
The flight is always long and uncomfortable but Russ going to sleep is a constant as well. Somehow Russ sleeping and the word peaceful never seem to go together in the same sentence. Unless it is something like "Everything was peaceful until Russ went to sleep".
It is good to learn lessons early in a trip so that you can avoid them later especially when you may be in a hurry. So following Gretchen was the first mistake and Gretchen following DJ well ... let's say that's why it's a mistake to follow Gretchen. I think the perfect storm would be Don driving with Gretchen telling Don the way to go from DJ's directions while in a van race with Stuart Holland being egged on by Michelle Ayoubi and Holly Cannon. OK - that last bit about Stuart, Michelle and Holly cannot happen this year but you get the picture.
At this point the team will be fast asleep in bed. Either that or lying in bed wondering why they cannot sleep. Our prayers are with them as they are a couple of hours away from beginning the Missions trip for real.