We just witnessed a miracle tonight in the incredible power of prayer…….and I get to tell this first story. Fasten your seatbelts….. because I want to take you on a “ride”…..one that almost DID NOT happen, but then we have so many praying over us as our team makes this journey to Zambia that we truly saw God at work on our behalf tonight as we travel to the other side of the world…..So here goes;
The 11 members of our mission team have made it through the first leg of our trip and are waiting to board the plane in Philadelphia to London. We are at the very end of a long line with our passports, boarding passes and documentation ready to show our tickets to the gate agents when Myles and I are informed that they need a different document…they need to see his original birth certificate….not a copy, which we have, as we always have when we travel, but the actual original birth certificate. The rest of the team is already walking towards the plane and are boarding and we are kept back to sort all of this out. After being told several times that we will NOT be allowed to board, Caleb, noticing we have still not rounded the corner of the walkway returns to the gate agent. The agents do not agree on how we need to proceed, what age a traveller needs to be for certain documentation and whether or not the official birth certificate must be produced or if the certified copy will suffice. Just as it looks like we will make it on the plane as we are being hurried down the walkway we are called back again by a new voice who has entered the mix. Caleb and this head agent are discussing options and the agents is yelling at Caleb to ask how many passengers need to be pulled from the plane. After pleading our case it doesn’t look like Myles and I will be going anywhere and they ask that our luggage be removed from the plane.
Miracle #1; Fifteen year old Myles turns to me, his grandmother, and says “You go on, I’ll wait here.” Caleb and I looked at him, reassuring him that the question was not whether or not someone would stay with him, it was if we cannot get him onto the flight wouldd it be Caleb or myself that stays back while the rest of the team heads on to London. We came up with a plan to same day deliver the birth certificate to a local address so that we could reroute a new flight on Thursday to get us to Zambia a few days after the rest of the team. Caleb needed to be with the team so we decided he would reboard the plane and handle the logistics of getting us to Zambia from “across the pond”. We agreed on the plan and he began calling, texting, and emailing everyone he needed to communicate with before the plan took off. I am still in awe that Myles made that selfless offer to me. when I asked him why he would be willing to do that he simply said,”Granna, I know how much you want to see your daughter and her family”. AMAZING!
Miracle#2: I don’t recall what led up to our final revelation, but one of the agents said something about our final destination being South Africa…..I walked over and said “But we are going straight to ZAMBIA, We are going through South Africa not staying there.” Another agent in charge looked up and indicated that might change the situation…….He told the plane to hold up and after a few minutes of back and forth conversation Myles and I were told to hurry and get on the plane. We were THE VERY LAST ONES TO BOARD”. Ignoring the seatbelt checks and all we were settling into our seats as the plane was taking off. We were literally the last flight out of our terminal that night.
Now why am I sharing this? It is because of all our prayer partners at home praying on our behalf for all the situations that come up and we definitely can feel them. In the midst of stressful unexpected situations fill with confusion and worry as to what might happen and how this can be fixed, the calming presence of God surrounded all of us in a way that provided peace enough to stop and listen resolve the situation. This was a reminder that God has been going ahead of us all along preparing the way through your prayers. Please continue to be lifting us up that we may be the hands and feet that come to serve in this place and that we may be a blessing to all those we serve, and that we may be the presence of Christ to one another and to all of those we meet.