Well we are all very tired, but we have officially made it to Thailand!! The day started before 6AM, as we all needed to be at the church by 6:30 am to head to the airport together. We received a goodbye prayer and word of encouragement from Pastor Chris Brooks before loading into the church vans to head to the airport. Thankfully we were all able to make it through check in and security with no issues. We even had about an hour and a half of extra time to grab some breakfast before boarding our first flight. Between sleeping, eating, talking with our fellow travelers, and watching the inflight entertainment, most on our team agreed that the 14.5-hour flight went by much faster than expected. After landing in Incheon, South Korea, we made a mad dash back through security and to the other side of the airport with about 10 or 15 minutes to grab food or freshen up before boarding for the next leg of the flight. Thankfully this flight was “only” about 6 hours, which seemed like a minute compared to our earlier flight. The other nice thing was that this flight was practically empty (besides the 23 on our team), so we were all able to spread out and relax during this flight. After landing in Chiang Mai, Thailand, we made it through customs and got all of our luggage without any issues (praise the Lord for no lost luggage or supplies)!
We are now headed to a hotel in Chiang Mai, where we will spend the night tonight before heading over to Chiang Rai to get a quick tour of the Akha House of Light orphanage, organize all of the supplies for our days in the villages, and grab dinner with the children from the orphanage.
We are very expectant to see how God will move on this trip and very thankful for His protection to get us this far. Please be in prayer that He would fill us with boldness and courage to show His love to the people of Thailand in a whole new way. Please also continue to be in prayer for our physical health as the traveling was already a heavy burden, not to mention the sweet exhaustion that will come once we start setting up the medical/dental clinics.