We made it and had some fun along the way

This team works hard, we might as well play hard. Our flights to Moldova took us through Vienna, where we had 5 1/2 hours to either purchase expensive gifts/food and sit on hard chairs at an airport, or to take a train to the heart of the historic city. We did the latter.

Here we are at St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna.

We enjoyed the catacombs under the cathedral, and I enjoyed some good Vienna coffee.

Then, we left for Moldova. In all, for me it took 30 hours from my driveway (about 24 for the team, I had an earlier 1st leg) to the Pentecostal Union where we’re staying tonight. Though the trip was long, I got good sleep, everything was on time, we have all of our luggage, all are healthy and it’s a comfortable bed.

We met up with the missionaries with whom we’ll work, had a nice dinner and are excited about tomorrow. We’ll head north and work in the village of Mihailena. Likely won’t have internet access for a while…

Thanks for the prayers. All are well, and most are sleeping. Will blog again if I can get on line again. Until then, twitter updates via text are about all I’ll be able to do.

Almost there

I’m on my way to Moldova and then Armenia to do some set-up for our fall intern teeam. It’s been a long process of delays/cancelled flights and stuff like that. I’ll skip the details. I’m on a rerouted journey, currently in transit in Frankfurt, Germany. I grabbed a Starbucks (Americano with 2 sweet-n-lows and cream) which is what’s keeping me awake to write this. While in line, I saw these two shelves…

It’s the largest collection of Starbucks mugs I’ve seen outside my kitchen or Jeff Nene’s office. I only have carry on bags…no checked luggage. Won’t waste my space on them,
and purchased none, but it got me to thinking…
1. This world is getting smaller. It’s sad in some ways, cool in some ways, but regardless of the implications, it’s getting smaller. I wonder how long it will be until this tribe will have their own Starbucks…sadly, it may be quicker than we think. Globilization.
2. I like to drink coffee.
A few moments ago, I met David, a new Facebook friend. He’s returning from Iraq where he was injured as a gunner in the National Guard. Good talk.I’ll write more from Moldova when I’ve had a bit more sleep!