Published: March 15th 2012March 14th 2012
I thought I’d elaborate on the first post when I mentioned ‘God presented us with our first challenge’. The connecting flight was a breeze, we had everyone together despite how busy and bustling the airport was. WE even got to experience the underground commuter train between terminals. Incheon airport in Seoul is a beautiful, modern airport. The connecting flight was quite the walk but we had ample time to get there (approx. 3 hours). We stood in line for another security check so we could get to our next gate. After getting just near the check one of our team members approached me and said, ‘do we have to go in right now?’ I was a little confused and asked why. ‘I can’t find my passport.’ I knew this was coming eventually but it came a little earlier then expected. (*I’ll keep the name of the person anonymous, you can inquire when we get home if you want).
So there you have it, just before our connecting flight and a missing passport already. Not sure how many people out there have experienced the Korean way of doing things (Amy and I lived there for a year, so we knew a little of how to communicate) but the Korean people have a super laid-back, no sense of urgency kind of attitude. Which is great in most circumstances but in our case – we felt a certain sense of urgency. It was such a long distance between the two gates and the number of people that would have travelled that area already made going back and finding it a little daunting – but I did. The challenge to the team was to sit, in the middle of the traffic, and pray. And that is exactly what they did. As I ran off with a few security guards to find the missing passport I looked back at the humbling image of our team sitting together praying. What an amazing sight.
It was now 7:30pm
(Seoul time) and our flight would leave at 8:20pm
. Time had simply disappeared along with the passport. I had searched with Korean officials for two hours for the passport while the team stayed back and prayed. But as I approached the team at the security check – they were giving me a ‘thumbs-up’ as I discouragingly walked back to them with nothing but bad news.
But in light of a frantic two-hour search, moments before I arrived a Korean official brought the passport over to the team before I got back. And so, through security we went with 15 minutes to spare, had a quick snack, and we were back on schedule to Mumbai – another 9.5 hour flight.
Please pray for rest for the team as we approach Mumbai; pray for excitement and anticipation! Nagpur, India – here we come!