My husband and I have gotten to know the way to the airport VERY WELL, especially after this past week. Due to some visa problems, seven of our missionaries had to travel to Houston to get their visas renewed. However, they were divided into three groups for the travel.
It all began last Sunday with Elder K. President Wagner dropped him off at the airport at 5:00 in the morning for his 6 a.m. flight to Mexico City. From there he joined four missionaries from the Tampico mission and employees in the Church's immigration office for the trip to Texas.
Then Monday morning, President Wagner took a group of five to the airport for their flight to Mexico City and then on to Houston.
On Tuesday morning we went again, this time to take another Elder K for his flight. He was traveling with four other missionaries from the Guadalajara East Mission.
We took them to the mission office and then went BACK again to wait for the 2:00 a.m. flight from Panama--the last flight of the night. On this flight was a new missionary from the Dominican Republic! We were so excited to see him and I am sure that at 2:45 in the morning (by the time he got through Customs) he was very glad to see us! (I didn't get a very good picture of him at the airport so here is one when he is eating lunch the next day:-)
Here is what the airport looks like at 2:00 in the morning.
On Monday we will make yet another trip to the airport for two missionaries coming from Central America. We will be so glad to get them here. We really don't mind the airport trips when it means we are getting new missionaries. We are still praying for our newest senior couple and about 14 visa waiters to come!!
And when they do--we will be at the airport waiting for them. :-)