I have been traveling for more hours than I care to think about–and I’m doing great! I was reminded today how much I love to experience new cultures as I landed in Seoul, Hong Kong, and Bangkok.
I am acutally sitting in the Bangkok airport right now getting ready to jump on my final leg of the journey to Pakistan–a five-hour flight to Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital city. I am playing a psychological game with myself by telling my mind that it was just last night that I jumped on a plane versus a couple of days ago. It seems to be working because I feel like my biological clock is ticking in the right region of the world. In other words, by the time I land in Islamabad tonight, I will be ready for bed.
We have been laid over in Bangkok now for eight hours. A group of guys from my team and I decided that we wanted to grab a quick tour of the city. Instead of opting for a regular bus tour with a guide, we chose to jump on a boat in the river and experience it from that perspective. It was amazing to drift through little canals and see how people here actually experience life. I felt like I was in a Nat’l Geographic film as I watched men and women paddle out to meet our boat in their little boats to sell us bananas and chicken kabobs. I was tempted to taste, but decided not to.
God has already answered a huge prayer. My team is tasked with hauling over ten 100 lb. pipe bending machines to aid in the building of the structure that we will be building. We weren’t sure that customs and then the airplane co. themselves were going to let us to it. We have been praying for a long time (I’d try to put a number to the hours or days, but I’m so confused right now that I’d get it wrong anyway) and just found out an hour ago that they have been cleared all of the way to Islamabad.
God has big things in store for the next two weeks. Keep praying, though, because it just started to snow in the Himalays where we’ll be and several people (nationals) have been hospitalized due to hypothermia.
I’m not sure if I’ll get to write again before I return.