My good friend and TUtP board member, Jim Whitney, picked my up at my house Thursday evening the 19th at 6 p.m. and drove me to LAX. There was virtually no traffic on the way to the airport (though I know it was different on Jim’s way back to his house). The Fiji Airlines check-in was already quite busy when I got in line. By the time I was checked in, it was 8 p.m before I got to Panda Express for my evening meal. The airlines has instituted draconian check in requirements for carry-ons, My regulation carry on bag no longer meets their stringent requirements, though it should based on their advertised size limitations. They finally allowed me to carry it on. It’s the same bag I’ve taken on several trips here in the past. Oh well. The flight was quite full, the trip uneventful–as is best. As usual, I did not sleep during the 10 1/2 hour duration. Got a lot of reading done. Love my Samsung Tablet. The battery lasted all night.
Since the flight takeoff was delayed 1 1/2 hours (for no discernible reason)after we boarded the plane, we arrived late this side of the pond. The person who was to meet me and bring me my Fiji phone and some things I need to take with me to Savusavu city this afternoon has not yet met me. After waiting over an hour, I took a cab to town to exchange currency and then returned to the airport to eat breakfast. SKYPED with my wife, caught up with emails, and still have 2 hours before my flight to Savusavu leaves.
Appreciate your prayers that I will meet everyone I need to see while here. I’ll be in on Vanau Levu Island for about 3-4 days. Will be planning for the medical/evangelistic outreach in Labasa town, one of the largest Indian towns in the country. Lots of opportunity to reach our target group, the Hindus and Muslims. While I’m on Vanua Levu Island, I may not always have internet access. In fact I needed to update my software upon arrival to get the net working here. When I’m done on Vanua Levu, I will take the overnight ferry to Suva where I will remain most likely until next Monday before taking the bus to Nadi. Have several people to meet and negotiate with during all legs of my trip. From Nadi I hope to travel by car to several towns and villages to meet with the youth leaders who attended our 1st friendship camp last year They will help in the planning for the next camp set for next August. Will also meet with key leaders regarding our beekeeping center. That involves a lot of driving.
Appreciate your prayers for stamina and that everyone I need to meet with will be available. There is much to get done during this trip.
Thanks and Blessings!