Probably my biggest highlight is that our eight pieces of luggage are unpacked, and put away. At the beginning of our journey to Hungary, we quickly realized the challenge of fitting our stuff in eight containers all weighing fifty pounds or less. We spent hours, filling, weighing, shifting, re-weighing, re-shifting, tossing, thrice-weighing, until we could not place a feather on them lest we go over our weight limit. Then we got to the airport only to find that all our carry-on luggage was all overweight by about twenty-three kilos total (which ways approximately fifty pounds). So we did the mad-scramble repack, exposing all our underwear to all of SeaTac airport. In my mind, I was cursing the airline company (using only Free-Methodist approved words of course) for their weight restrictions. But we managed to get on the plane, and land safely in Hungary with almost two hours of sleep and no ulcers.
We then arrived at the airport and managed to fit all our luggage, our family, Larry Winkles and Paul Mathewson in the mission mini-van. It was quite the feat. We hauled our luggage into the Winkle’s (our Free-Methodist missionaries here in Budapest) apartment. Later, after a trip to Gyor to visit friends, we hauled it all back down to the street, and re-packed it to take to the hostel where we were staying for a week. I hauled it piece by exactly 50 pound piece up to our room, up a flight of stairs, down a flight of stairs, down a long corridor and up another flight of stairs. I had training for my English program in Budapest for a week, then with the help of our new friends from Kalocsa, we hauled our luggage back out and fit it all in a little car. (Another great feat.) We then arrived in Kalocsa to an apartment on the third floor with no elevator. As you can imagine, by this point, I was quite grateful for the airline’s strict weight policy on checked baggage. It may just have saved my back. It also got me to thinking, that sometimes we don’t like God’s restrictions on what we can do. “Why won’t God allow me to do this or that” we think? Maybe the thing we are angry with God today, we praise Him for tomorrow.
In the few short days we have been in Hungary, we have seen God continue to both provide for us, and stretch us. We are so thankful for all the support we have received from our family and friends. Without our loved ones back home we could not have embarked on this journey, and so we continue to ask that you lift our family in prayer.