Our journey began on Tuesday, February 17 in Portland. Steve and I spent the night there because our flight out on Wednesday left Portland at 6:00 a.m. I’m posting a quick update as we sit in the Frankfurt, Germany airport waiting to board the plane for the last leg of our journey to Riga. We are getting close!
Our dear friend and partner in serving the Lord, Kim Simmons, told us before we left that our theme for the journey is “Semper Gumby” or in English “Always Flexible”. That motto was put to use first on Tuesday night. When we got our luggage into the room thinking we’d hit the hay early, the handle on my bag would NOT go down! It was stuck in the upright and locked position. So we made an emergency run to the local Target to get me a new bag. I am thankful on so many levels for this little excursion. The Target was nearby, the bag was the right size, and I was thrilled it happened at 6:00 p.m. the night BEFORE we flew and not at 3:45 a.m. the morning that we needed to catch our flight! THANK YOU LORD!
The rest of our journey today has been long, but wonderfully uneventful! We breezed through security in Portland, encountered beautiful blue skies in Chicago, and had an uneventful, and shockingly comfortable flight to Frankfurt! One more leg to go!
On Monday night the SCC Ministry leaders prayed over us after our quarterly meeting. Carey shared this scripture from Isaiah 59:21:
“As for me, this is my covenant with them,” says the LORD. “My Spirit, who is on you, and my words that I have put in your mouth will not depart from your mouth, or from the mouths of your children, or from the mouths of their descendants from this time on and forever,” says the LORD.
I see this as a promise for us at SCC and for our brothers and sisters at Matthews Church in Riga. I love this picture of the Word of the Lord in our mouths, the mouths of our children, our grandchildren, and on and on! I can’t wait to see this promise unfolding over the next days and weeks and months!
Blessings – Steve and Claudia