After nearly a week’s delay which included an airline going bankrupt, the unexpected stranding of a team in Mexico City, and much more, the Operation Barnabas International team has finally arrived in Brazil, almost a week later than intended. Here is a portion of their message this noon:
“Welcome to Brazil, OBI! After nearly a week of travel, we have finally arrived in Belem.
“Wow… what a trip! We left Mexico at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, flew to Houston and, with a very tight connection, very nearly missed our flight to Miami. They were very gracious to open the gate back up and let us on the plane!
“In Miami we had a long layover, and flew through the night to arrive in Belem at around 7:30 a.m. So altogether that makes: 4 flights, 3 trips through customs, countless security checks, and 14 people that are very glad to have arrived!
“Please thank God with us that we have arrived safely and that yesterday’s and today’s travels went fairly smoothly.
“Today is planned to be a day of recovery/rest/adjusting to the time zone and weather. Please pray for us to adjust quickly as we hit the ground running tomorrow with some school and church programs.”
The Grace Brethren International Missions Brazil team, which includes Bruce and Lisa Triplehorn and Wayne and Ellen Patton, are excited to receive these young people. They will be ministering together in Grace Brethren churches in Belem.
The team arrives back in the USA on July 20, just in time for Brethren National Youth Conference on July 21.