I know you are all eager to hear about our long day of travel to the Dominican Republic! We departed from First Baptist last night at midnight and arrived in Atlanta around 5:00 a.m. Many were not fortunate enough to get very much sleep. Our group went to IHOP for breakfast and then headed off to the airport.
Checking in at the airport for our flight took way longer than expected. By the time everyone had checked their baggage we were in a mad dash to get through security and find our gate before the plane departure at 9:25 a.m. We hustled to our gate and everyone barely made it before the gates were going to close. After we had gotten through customs and made our way towards baggage claim, we realized our group had 13 suitcases missing; this included personal suitcases as well as suitcases packed by the materials team. All 13 of the missing bags arrived on the next flight from Atlanta to Punta Cana. Then our group got onto some buses and rode for about an hour until we arrived at the Mission House in La Romana. Everyone was excited to finally be here and settle in for the week!
We had a group time after dinner where we discussed our plans for the week as well as moments in which we saw God throughout our travel experience. We felt extremely blessed to have caught our plane on time, retrieve all of our lost luggage, and arrive safely here. Everyone is excited for what God has planned for us this week and we are ready for what tomorrow will hold for our group. Please continue to pray for our team this week; pray that we would experience the heighth, width, and depth of the love of Christ and share that love with the people we encounter.