Friday, 9 October 2009

1st trip to the airport

Sally-Jayne and her beloved Oscar!

Nahlia (Our neighbor) and her Beloved Sally-Jayne

Sally-Jayne’s first trip to the airport

We made it! We are settling in to life in Malawi. But the last few days in the UK seemed to fly by, and were a little bit hairy at times!

We were really counting the cost of leaving. It hit home that it’s not just a cost that we pay, but one that our family, friends and church pays too. I have to say that it felt like I was being ripped in two. Then, on Sunday night, I got a call from my Dad. My mum, while walking in the Lake District tripped and fell of a ledge. She had to be air lifted of the mountain to hospital. At that point we weren’t too sure how serious it was. After a bad night, I managed to speak to my Dad and my sister, and the really serious damage was to her knee. It’s actually incredible nothing worse happened. It was so great to get the church praying for her, and then I got to talk to her and then we decided we should still fly out to Malawi.

Thank you Jesus.

Debbie gave us a lift in the church mini bus. The logistics of 9 cases and bags, and a pram were absolutely mind blowing! We got to terminal 4 at the right time, and then realised it was the wrong terminal! There was traffic all the way round to terminal 3. We were now pushed for time. Debbie was helping us at the drop of point, when literally behind her back she got a parking ticket!! I couldn’t believe it. God bless the traffic warden, and I pray she does well in her job. It’s the kind of thing you know you should complain about, but that just puts the fine up, and makes things worse for you.

Inside the terminal was carnage. There was arguing everywhere about luggage weight, people we pushing and I dropped the cases numerous times. But once we were on the plane, we had a great journey. Sally-Jayne didn’t cry once, she was so content, and seemed to find the whole thing fascinating and funny. She’s the only person on the plane that squealed with delight as we landed each time (a total of 3 times!).

Well now we are back. The Husbands had got our car running and filled the fridge with supplies, Guise, who lives in our house with us, had cleaned and got our bed ready, and our friends were round for dinner! We felt we were home, and had a great nights sleep.

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I'm part of New Generation Church ( in the United Kingdom. I passionately believe in Church, love Jesus and am wondering about the various things I could write here. This used to be a blog for our updates from Malawi when Jo and I were missionaries to Flood Church.