….the meeting with Dario happen, that is….trying to get hold of him is like trying to call BT, your bank, or any other such company that has menu systems longer than your arm! He has guys who filter his calls before they get to him, and, after seeming desperate yesterday for us to see him, his mum was being a little ‘awkward’ about it last night when Pastor Wilmar rang her. So, we’ll see. All the guys who have travelled with me over the years would tell you that I’d never take them anywhere PARTICULARLY risky, but me, on my own, I’ll happily walk up to the gates of hell if it means seeing someone saved. And God loves this bloke, Dario… yes, if it happens, it’ll be dangerous in the extreme, but it would be an amazing breakthrough in the ‘gang warfare’ culture that exists in so many Latino countries. Dario would be a particularly big cheese….
Whatever happens, I’m willing and up for it, if it happens or not.
It’s certainly a darn sight more interesting than packing, which is another mandatory effort today! How I HATE packing….I often wonder how many weeks of my life, over the last 30 years, have been spent putting things in suitcases/travel bags, jigsawing them in perfectly only so that (probably) some border guard tonight will want to search it, and mess it up… ho hum. I’m one of those people, too, who has to unpack the moment I get home, I can’t stand seeing the bags sitting on the floor begging me to unpack them!
Long, long flight tonight: Cali to Madrid (about 11-12 hours), then Madrid – London tomorrow afternoon, landing in London JUST too late to connect with the last flight to Belfast 🙁 – so overnight in London, then the 4 am rise on Wednesday to get to Heathrow for the first flight. Alan & Barbara are still in Washington, having had a pretty long layover – almost 2 days! – but they arrive in London crack of dawn tomorrow, and then home around lunchtime. Right now, I’m sorta envious of them, but I wouldn’t have missed Saturday night’s or yesterday morning’s meetings for anything.
As this was a ‘different’ kind of trip, for Barbara to get to know Cali, meet people, and build friendships (for Alan and me, too), we ended up with a lot of meetings, and some astonishing miracles…. God is so, so gracious, kind, and prolific with his blessings, to me, to Alan & Barbara, to the countless people we’ve spoken to, as well, of course, to you. Thank you for your prayers and interest in this trip: it’s been great, too, as it’s opened numerous new doors for the 3 weeks October-November trip, and, even though I’m still here in Cali, I can’t wait to be back already!