India Update 3/10/12

We slipped into bed at the Bangalore hotel around 4am after a long day of travel.  I had forgotten what an adventure that international travel can be after two years of not doing it due to my health.  This day had it all,  starting off with my pastor friend, Randy, having to cancel due to illness (so we now know why God allowed him to have a visa issue in order to protect him from moving forward).  We will miss him and Peter from Europe, who also had to cancel at the last minute.

A 30 minute plane weather delay before we even left OKC was followed by a short mechanical delay before taking off.  We arrived in Houston only to be delayed again at the gate.  We got off the plane only 29 minutes before the international flight would depart,  but a empty cart was at our gate and a fellow passenger actually held open the train door.  I knew that miracles were at work.  We arrived at Lufthansa’s departure gate with boarding still going on and made our flight to Frankfurt.

At our stopover in Germany, I fumbled around to get the right plug for my breathing machine and did not use the converter correctly and burned up the machine.  My first big error in years of global travel and NOT good for my day.

We arrived in India on time after 27 hours of travel and the boxes of books and cds came right off the baggage belt.  Then, we waited for our bags as we figured they would surely now make it also.  Such was not to be!  The agent told us that they were still in Houston. All of our carry on’s were filled with needed medical stuff, electronic  gadgets,  and key documents, so we had NO spare clothes.

Our host Charlie was there to greet us even though we were the last to leave the arrival area at after 2am.  He delivered us to our hotel and presented us with a wonderful packet of materials prepared for the conferences including books, cds, workbooks, brochures, etc.

And Charlie saved me by finding a new nebulizer machine so that I could take my breathing treatments as soon as we checked in to our hotel room.

The city of Bangalore has 7 million people and is the second fastest growing city in the world behind Mexico City. We have a day and a half to rest and adapt to an 11 hour time change.

So, we are thankful for a safe trip and  that our flight was on time.  As we put our same clothes on again today we are grateful for our two bags which are coming tomorrow…hopefully….Yes, when you travel internationally,  you become grateful for small things.

More of our team arrives early tomorrow morning. Thanks for your prayers as we start our classes on Monday (which is Sunday your time).

Learning to be Flexible,

Kent

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About kenthumphreys
Kent Humphreys has been a business leader for over forty years. He also served as CEO of FCCI/Christ@Work for six years and now serves as their worldwide ambassador, speaking, writing, and mentoring young leaders. He continues to be active in distribution, private equities, and real estate. Kent and his wife Davidene have written six books together. They have three children and eight grand-children.

3 Responses to India Update 3/10/12

  1. Scott and Debra Duncan says:

    You both are in our prayers. May God use you for his glory and give you strength to accomplish all that He has for you to do! In His arms we leave you, Scott & Debra Duncan

  2. Ross Hill says:

    Praying for you my brother.
    You are already on an adventure!
    God’s peace and grace to you.
    God’s strength as as well.
    Circling Kent,
    Ross

  3. Michael and I have such a soft spot in our hearts for India. We have some dear friends (for whom we have tried with God’s grace to be a living testimony) that are from northern India and now live near OKC. They are our age and we have met family and friends as they have come to visit – we understand that most of their weekly phone calls also pertain to our own family. And they even chastise our friends if they haven’t spoken to us in “too long”. We are so blessed to know them and their extremely hospitable culture. I know that you will be greatly blessed in your time there and our prayers are constantly with you and your team…as well as the many lives that God touches through you all! Enjoy your trip!

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