Friday, January 19, 2018

Simply Unforgettable

Last night was one of those moments in time that I'll never forget: waiting at the airport for Tyler, Lara, Judah and Asher to arrive from the States to begin their life as missionaries with Josiah Venture!

While Dave and I waited during the day in Krakow, Poland (since we'd just arrived from the States the day before), Claire drove from our home in Frydlant last night to join us in the wait.

Since they weren't landing into the country where they'll be serving, I love that Claire made little Czech Republic flags to wave for them in celebration of them coming to serve here!

After a 28 hour trip, that included a seven and a half hour delay in their arrival due to a huge storm in Amsterdam, the first of the Patty family peeked their head out of baggage claim.

And then suddenly, there they were! Tyler, Lara, Judah and Asher Patty: the newest JV missionaries!

Asher is just behind Judah in his infant seat!

With ten pieces of checked luggage, two car seats, a guitar, numerous backpacks and two carryons, they made it!!

For the past three and a half years they have been moving towards this moment. I remember the very day when we met them at Moody while they were still students, when they told us they felt God calling them to Czech.

And now the moment has finally arrived, and now they begin their missionary lives!

This is one of those moments of life that is simply unforgettable. They'll remember this night for the rest of their lives.

And so will we!

What a special moment to say hello to our two grandsons who will live just a half hour away from us now.

As the clock inched towards midnight, we finished our hellos and headed out to the parking lot.

With one car already full of Dave's and my luggage from our trip to the States and back, Claire had brought my car which needed to fit in ALL of Tyler and Lara's things.

"No problem," says Dave and Tyler Patty!

And sure enough, within minutes, they had it all tucked away in the car and we were ready to head for home, a two hour drive away.

This family displayed tremendous faith, courage and resilience today as they journeyed from their home in Chattanooga, Tennessee to the Czech Republic where they will soon begin their lives. We are so proud of them!

And we're also delighted that we get to have them at our house for a couple of weeks before they move into their apartment in Ostrava!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Waiting for our Travelers

This morning I woke to a picture, posted by Tyler at the Atlanta airport before getting on their flight to move to the Czech Republic. So fun to know they are on their way!

But after a quick check on a flight status app, I found out that their flight to Amsterdam left more than three hours late. That meant they wouldn't be there in time to make the connection to Krakow, where we're waiting to meet them.

Given they still had hours in the air before we'd know the rest of that story, I'm glad I had a sweet distraction for breakfast this morning!

One of our JV staff, Christy Owen who serves in Ukraine, stayed in the same hotel as Dave and I last night as she was also on her way back from the States!

I'd seen her post that she was flying in so wrote to ask if I might get to see her. Not only did I get to see her, but we had the sweetest breakfast together! Part of our JV Prayer Room team, we enjoyed talking about some new ideas and then praying together before she left.

Soon afterward, Tyler sent this photo from the airplane (you gotta love wifi in the air!). He said the boys had been awesome travelers so far!

With time to wait until they landed in Amsterdam and figured out what was next, Dave and I took up residence in the hotel lobby for however long we may need to wait.

Dave is speaking for a men's conference this week-end, so had plenty to do in preparation as we waited.

Finally news came that they'd landed in Amsterdam!

But of course they were too late to catch their flight to Krakow. They headed for a very long line to await rebooking.

Thankfully, within just one minute, a kind KLM agent whisked Tyler to the front of the line, recognizing that he had a baby with him!

"You're lucky, these are the last three seats to Krakow tonight," she told him as he was given their new boarding passes. With vouchers for food at the airport, they are now in for a six hour wait until their flight, which, Lord willing, will arrive at 10:30 tonight.

So thankful to the Lord for providing a way for them to still head our way today!

In the meantime, we're hanging out in the lobby across the street, waiting until we get to see our dear traveling family!!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Patty Family in Flight

It's a quiet night at the airport in Washington, DC.

There's not even one person at the check-out counter where we'll check in soon for our flight back across the ocean to our home in Czech.

I was hanging out with our bags after Dave dropped me off so he could return our rental car. While waiting I texted back and forth with Tyler on their last night in the US. Tomorrow THEY fly to Czech! (well, technically we all fly to Krakow, Poland...but we're all on our way home to Czech!).

I sent this picture to Judah to tell him Nonnie is flying first and will see him there soon.

Tyler wrote me back with the sweetest note: "As I was putting Judah to bed I was talking to him about our trip tomorrow and I asked him, 'where are we going?' And he said, 'papa and nonnie!' I said, 'yes, but we are also going to Czech. 'No, go papa and nonnie!' He is very excited to see you both."

And we're soooooo excited to see him and his family!!

But first, we've got our own flight to take. I counted exactly one person who came through these doors while I waited for Dave. I have never seen it so quiet at a major airport before! It's a nice change from the usual hustle and bustle of airports.

Unbelievably, our flight is nearly empty as well.

Soon we'll be off the ground and headed for home!

....And that's as far as I got writing last night! I had hoped to post this but didn't make it in time while I still had wifi. So the story continues!

We took off and then Dave and I each grabbed an empty row (there were so many!), stretched out and slept THE ENTIRE FLIGHT. This never happens.

The funny thing is that I had just said to Dave as we were getting on the plane, walking through first class, "Just one day in my life I'd like to stretch out and sleep on a flight over the ocean", assuming the only way to do it would be in that section.

But no! The Lord heard that cry and made another way to answer. It was the fastest flight ever! We stopped in Munich for a few hours of layover and then continued on to where we are for the night...tucked away in the hotel across from the Krakow airport.

And tomorrow...we'll be back at the airport to greet Tyler, Lara, Judah and Asher Patty as the newest JV missionaries to come give their lives for the sake of the Gospel in Central and Eastern Europe!

Monday, January 15, 2018

God's Precious Message

The battle is fierce but the Lord is mighty. I can testify to that at the end of this day!

We've spent hours in this place the past two days, doing battle in prayer with and for our dear friends. I have no details to give except to say that time spent in the presence of God is oh so powerful.

Oswald Chambers once said, "When you are in the dark, listen, and God will give you a very precious message."


Trusting Him to continue giving his message. Rejoicing in the power of Jesus' name. Praying for strength for tomorrow. Believing He will complete his work for this time.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Pray About Everything

There are few things I enjoy more than spending time in prayer.

That's actually what we're doing here in Washington DC these next few days: praying with friends for God's wisdom and leading in their lives. It's such a sweet, rich time being in his presence together.

If you've seen my last few posts you know that Tyler and Lara, our son and daughter-in-law, are just days away from heading to the Czech Republic as new missionaries with Josiah Venture. They're in my prayers too.

Judah is feeling much better after his fever, cough and early signs of pneumonia this past week.

Asher is still fighting it, and will go to the doctor tomorrow with Lara to make sure his cough hasn't gone into pneumonia.

And now tonight, after Tyler and Lara just had their commissioning at their home church in Chattanooga, Tyler is feeling achy and unwell.

Join me in prayer for this family! We'd sure love to see them get on that plane this Wednesday when they're scheduled to leave.

God's ways and timing are perfect, but he also tells us to pray about everything. So I'm praying for our friends and for our family, believing God's ways will prevail in HIS victory, and for HIS glory!