So we found out on Friday that flights around the world were grounded due to the volcanic eruption in Iceland. On Saturday morning we were given official word that our flight was in fact cancelled. We could still fly out of Blantyre to Johannesburg and join the thousands of other stranded travelers in Johannesburg or stay in Zomba. We chose to stay. We were told the airport in Johannesburg doesn’t allow anyone to stay in the building and they kick you out at night. With so many people in the same situation, there likely wouldn’t be much in the way of accommodations. Unfortunately, we were unaware that Mike had found a pastor and his wife in Johannesburg (they know people in our church at home), who would have taken us in. We trust the Lord and believe He has us in the best place for our current situation.
Now we have to deal with the uncertainty of trying to get home. Flights only leave Blantyre on Wednesdays and Saturdays and we don’t have anyone on this end who can help us. We tried calling British Airways in South Africa but that was an exercise in frustration. What a comical pair we were – I’m out in the garden because he can’t hear me; I can’t hear him because my hearing is worse here trying to understand English through an accent and I spent a good 5 minutes trying to get him to understand me and spell my name correctly. What a waste of time and precious phone minutes (phoning in Africa is quite expensive).
So if you are a praying person, please pray for us. It is my hope that things will get worked out and we will be able to leave on Wednesday, April 21. Will keep you posted as we know more.
Another Funny Sign
Toilets 4 U 2 P – get it?
By for now