Friday, November 11, 2005

The Guyana travel challenge

What can I say? What a day it was and now a new one starts. Thursday was a challenge, in that one of my guys, Robin, wasn't allowed to board his flight to Miami this morning, leaving at 6:27 a.m. We're still not quite sure why the AA flight was denied him but do know, we serve a God who can get anything done, working through our feeble minds, and in grand fashion.

Robin spent his day at the Nashville airport. There is no telling how many people passed him today hurrying to their intended destinations. I wonder what they thought, observing this quiet gentle person deal with a most uncomfortable situation. For you see, not only did he not make it to Miami, he missed his scheduled flight to Georgetown, Guyana SA as well. For Robin would not be traveling with the rest of Acappella on this day. Just when we think the dominoes will all fall, God makes a way.

The day was spent making phone calls, scouring the internet flight sites, negotiating with airline ticket counters and then, redirecting our attention to the north, for no seats were available from Miami this evening. The planes are full. The only AA flights available to New York seemed to route through Dallas/Ft.Worth and the cost was steep, $1280 +. Plus the ticket counter wouldn't take my credit card, for you see, I would have to be there in person on the flight day or Robin would have to have cash to hand over for the purchase. Robin spends his day at the Nashville airport with no credit card and about $50 in his pocket. Hmm, what to do. I admit to pondering out loud to the Lord today. How do we fix this?

Thursday I learned that Southwest will let me book a flight using my credit card from my office in Alabama, on the day of the flight. And so, Robin had a flight headed for Islip, leaving at 4:45pm, arriving at 7:50 pm., less time than the AA flight thru Dallas and for $173.70. Now that is something. A flight for the morning is secured from JFK taking Robin to Georgetown, Guyana. Now, to figure out how to get him from the Islip airport over to a hotel close to JFK. I find one that will take my credit card and has a shuttle to the airport. I'm also concerned that Robin isn't traveling with enough funds to get himself from Islip to the hotel, so I call upon my Vocal Union friend, Brian Wiersma, who calls upon Nic Gaultney to take Robin some more pocket money. Bro. Brian has helped me out before but that's another story for another day. Thanks Brian & Nic.

In the meantime, my sister, Monda, calls in and learns of the dilema of the day. I ask her if she knows anyone on Long Island since she travels to New York regularly for Dillards. It is her birthday and she is shopping this day with our sister, Sonda, at Dillards in Little Rock. They recall that Nick Hamilton, a minister at Pleasant Valley Church of Christ in Little Rock, goes to Brooklyn often and knows good people there. Sonda calls Nick. Guess what? That very night Bill Johnson is scheduled to drive to Islip airport to pick up Chuck Monan, another minister from Pleasant Valley, heading to Harlem to preach, if I understood correctly. Big Bill was also planning to be at JFK the next morning. Now Islip is about 54 miles from JFK, and Bill is planning to be there already. A $150 cab ride will not be necessary. The Lord provides a friendly Christian brother, driving a van, coming to the airport, to be His hands and feet for Robin. And so, Big Bill calls me tonite, to let me know that he has our Robin, has already fed him, and all is well.

And so, it was a long busy day. We pray for Robin's good night of sleep, for he has earned it and for his safe, smooth travel Friday, where he will arrive and walk on stage and sing with Acappella this night. God must surely have something special happening in Georgetown, Guyana this weekend. For you know, He has been mighty busy putting all the pieces, bringing all the people together to make it all happen. And, we count ourselves blessed to have been in the middle of the moment, watching Him work it all out, for our good. He is a faithful God.



Bettye Grogan said...

This made me so sad for Robin and for Rhonda struggling at her office, trying everything to solve a problem that should not have been. Good work, Rhonda (that's my girl), and bless you this weekend Robin -- you and Accapella.

Gary Evans said...

Wow! It's great listening to the story from the another side of the adventure. You are awesome Rhonda!