Tuesday, October 13, 2009
We have some really good friends who lived in Bolivia when we moved to Uganda. Soon after we arrived in Uganda, they had a little girl named Maggie (enter little girl number 1). When they were given a gift of money for Maggie, they decided to give a portion of that money to us to use at the orphanage as we saw fit. As we held on to the money for several days and prayed about what to do with it, a 2 week old baby girl only 4lbs. came to the orphanage (enter little girl number 2)whom was eventually named Mary. That is when Mark and I realized what Maggie's money should be used for. We were able to use it to get the first supply of formula, diapers and bottles. Elated, we wrote to our friends, Jason and Sara to tell them Mary's story and how we used Maggie's money. Jason and Sara wrote back almost immediately and asked how much it would cost to sponsor Mary and get those things for her every month. Thus, began the sponsoring of Mary.
Several months later, Maggie began to have heart problems and her family had to move back to the States for medical testing and eventually heart surgery. About that time, another couple, Jimmy and Gayla began asking about adopting Mary. They eventually did and brought Mary (now called Zuri) home which is only about an hour away from Maggie.
We had the incredible privilege of allowing these two precious girls and their families to meet last night. What a fun experience and a blessing to see God's hand in an incredible way.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Departing Uganda on the morning of September 16 allowed one last opportunity for an adventure. As we were checking in at the airport, all ready for our 3-month furlough to begin, we were informed that the computer showed only 4 tickets for our family of 5. Yikes! We assured Megan (the one whose ticket was missing) that we weren’t going without her, but we did tease her a bit. Several airline agents searched and searched for an explanation. Finally they explained that we would have to go upstairs to purchase a new ticket for Megan and we would have to do so quickly, because check-in time was almost closed by this point. Having checked in the rest of us, including our luggage, Amy waited with the kids near the immigration lines. I went upstairs to talk to the British Airways agents there, looking for a quick resolution to the problem.
We had a reservation showing all five names and the itinerary. We had paid the travel agency in America for five tickets. However, it appeared that the travel agent inadvertently failed to ticket one of the reservations. It was a simple oversight; but now we needed a quick remedy! At the recommendation of the airline agents, I bought a one-way ticket for Megan. We determined that we would have to resolve the situation with the travel agent after arriving in the states. They processed the ticket as quickly as they could. When I asked for printouts of all the booking reservations (wanting to have as much written proof as possible to show to the travel agent), they told me, “Your flight is leaving soon. Go check in quickly and we will bring the printouts to you!” I called Amy so she could send Megan to meet me at the check-in counter with our passports and my boarding passes. Dashing downstairs and heading to the nearest agent, Megan met me with the documents and Amy took the other two toward the flight. Megan & I quickly got her boarding passes and rushed to immigration.
As it turned out, we caught up with Amy and the other kids in the immigration lines and the boarding process was going slowly. So we were fine on time. Having been in the states for 3 weeks now, we have been able to resolve things with the travel agent. They were very apologetic for the mistake. They are reimbursing us for the $1,350 ticket we had to purchase in Uganda and they are making another reservation (at their expense) for Megan to return with the rest of us on December 16. We are grateful that it has all worked out fine.