Our journey to Colombia started back in 2015. Praise the Lord, we are finally able to send a newsletter from Colombia! It’s been a long journey to get here but we are so encouraged by your endurance as partners and your willingness to journey with us as we all invest in Kingdom work.
Expecting the Unexpected
You know that feeling when you have a big project due, and the due date is looming over you? That is how 2019 started for our family. Our departure date was set for January 10th and there was a lot of cleaning and packing left to do. We spent many nights up later than we should have, while trying to juggle other normal responsibilities (you know, like parenting, ha!). We are grateful to those who helped during those 9 crazy days. Special shout out to Mom and Dad who spent countless hours helping!
By the night of the 9th, we’d gotten things packed and ready for the big move the following day. However, it felt very unsatisfying. The house was quite messy, and we had given in to the idea that some things just didn’t get packed because of the craziness of our deadline. Finally, it was departure day. With the help of friends and family, we arrived at John Glenn International Airport ready to check in. To our surprise, when we got to the ticket counter, the airline agent told us that we could only take 5 of our 15 pieces of luggage.
Apparently, many airlines have a luggage embargo during the holiday season. Despite careful planning, we had no clue. The embargo lasted through Sunday, Jan. 13. We were disappointed, yet relieved at the same time. By God’s grace we were able to change our tickets to the 14th, and also had a chance to rest and tie up loose ends before our international move.
We finally made it to Medellín late Monday night. We uneventfully got through immigrations, which is a great thing when traveling internationally. It was time to get our bags. I had been contemplating how 2 adults were going move 15 overweight bags 50 yards from baggage claim to our bus pickup at the terminal.
In His grace, God had a plan. By now we had learned that expecting the unexpected would be the norm of our life. At the baggage claim carousel, I picked up 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 bags. 6 were missing. We waited for a while and watched other travelers leave one by one until only the airport staff remained. I went and asked our airline representative when we might anticipate the rest of the bags.
They were very kind and helpful, however the news wasn’t very encouraging. The other six were still in Miami. A missing luggage form was filled out and they promised they would reach out the next day on the whereabouts of our luggage. We left the situation in God’s hands and headed for customs with 9 bags on 2 airport trolleys, plus our carry ons, and 2 exhausted little girls.
The next day, I got a call from the airline. Good news! The remaining six bags were on route to Medellín. Even better, they were going to be delivered at no cost directly to our temporary apartment.
We praise the Lord for His goodness. We can’t even image how we would have handled all 15 bags, additional carry-ons, and our sleepy girls through international customs. -Kyu