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Letters from the Mission Field: Romania Team Days 1/2

July 29, 2009 0 Share

Thursday/Friday, July 23/24, 2009

Wow, what a day (or couple of days?)! We all met at LAX in the afternoon, checked in our bags and 20-something supply boxes and were ready to go. Our flight to London was great—long, but great. We then hopped on to our flight to Budapest, Hungary, to finish the journey. You might ask yourself why a team going on a mission trip to Romania is flying into Hungary—the reason our team flies into Budapest is because it tends to be safer when traveling as a missionary group with so many supplies as the Romanian government can switch things up and not allow certain items in their country. It was initially supposed to be a 2½-hour flight but there was heavy rain in London and so we were stuck on the tarmac for about an hour…not too bad. I’m pretty sure everyone used that time to catch up on sleep.

We arrived in Hungary at who knows what time, got our passports stamped and headed out to the baggage claim. As for any traveler, baggage claim was an especially nerve racking experience…Did all of our luggage arrive?…Did all the supply boxes make it?…Everything was looking great until we learned Paul’s gigantor tripod and Jason and Eddy’s entire suitcases didn’t make it to Budapest…BIG bummer. They all took it remarkably well and are waiting patiently for their arrival. Jason’s made do recently with a pair of airplane socks and borrowed t-shirts.

We spent a couple of hours at the airport and headed to a hotel for the night. It was an INCREDIBLY long day but everyone is excited for what’s to come!

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