Saturday, April 27, 2013

Multiple Airport Trips and a New Missionary!

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.

 Now the fun part of the trip for him was that his twin brother is in the Tampico mission and traveled with him!! They were excited to see each other, especially since 2013 was going to be the only year of their lives when that they would not spend any time together. But thanks to a kind hearted man in immigration, they were able to see each other this year as well.

Then Monday morning, President Wagner took a group of five to the airport for their flight to Mexico City and then on to Houston.
At midnight that same night, we went together back to the airport to pick up Elder K.  

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.

Then we went back again at midnight to pick up the five we had taken the day before.

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:-)

Then the following night at midnight we returned for the last time to pick up Elder K #2. We were so glad to have all our missionaries back in the country--and without visa problems!!

Here is what the airport looks like at 2:00 in the morning.

Yeah, we were pretty much the only ones there.

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. :-)


  1. My son is one of the waiting ones! Can't wait for him to get there to Guadalajara! Hope it comes sooner than later! Thanks for all you do!

  2. Your posts are making me tired and a slight bit dizzy! Can't believe all the back and forth trips you have made and will still make over the next couple of years...not to mention all the FOOD you get to prepare! YIKES!