Monday, March 10, 2014

After 26 hours of leaving Waco, we finally made it to Lebanon.  Unlike my past two times Lebanon, this time we arrived at night with cool air and rain to greet us as we stepped outside the airport.  However, I’m always astonished by the people we meet on the journey here.  This time was no different.  At the airport in London, we met an elderly couple who were on their way to Lebanon after visiting family in Seattle.  We quickly became their assistants in the airport as Tim translated for them, we directed them to the right gate, and helped carry their bags up the stairs.  All of this was met with great gratitude and a multitude of shukrans.  As we were departing our plane we met another woman who was visiting Beirut.  As we discussed what we would be doing she told us of a former PhD student she helped who had done a lot of research on American Baptist in Lebanon recently.  We are pretty sure that the Melanie, the former student she was talking about, is the same student who interviewed Sheila’s mom a few years ago about their work in Lebanon.  Once we arrived at the airport a taxi driver was waiting for us.  He quickly drove us to the seminary taking back roads to avoid military checkpoints, ignoring driving lanes, and regularly using his horn as I have become familiar with in Lebanon.  Now that we’ve had much needed showers and a good night’s rest at the seminary I can’t wait to see what else God has in store for us on this trip.

                                                                                                                                                                Josh Caballero

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