We are now in Bahrain!
It was an interesting journey to arrive here. Our flights were all delayed or canceled along the way, beginning in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where we had a two-hour delay. This resulted in missing our connection in Chicago. We were booked on three separate flights out of Chicago. After about a two-hour delay because the cabin of the airplane wouldn’t warm up due to the faulty external electrical system, we made it to our connection in Washington, D.C. When we got on that plane, though, we were delayed on the tarmac because of smoke coming out of a vent. After awhile we were cleared to fly.
When we landed in Kuwait it was determined that there was an oil leak in one of the engines and the plane was grounded. United Airlines only has one flight a day into Kuwait, and they had no flights the next day (Christmas Day), so we were stranded. Since there were so many of us who needed an alternate flight, some were able to get onto a flight and some were given a hotel room. We did not get to the hotel until 1:30 AM and had to return to the airport at 4:30 AM to try and get on a Gulf Air flight to Bahrain.
In this beautiful hotel in Kuwait City we had time for an amazing meal with nine fellow travelers and a shower and then back to the airport. It turned out that all the morning flights had no room for us, and we didn’t leave Kuwait until 6:30 PM Christmas day, 24 hours later than our original flight time.
I couldn’t help but wonder what it was like for Mary and Joseph to travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem and then to wind up sleeping in a stable and then have a baby. We had nothing to complain about.
The good news is, we arrived in Bahrain at the same time as Maria coming from Seattle. We were warmly welcomed at the airport by Jim Harrison, pastor at the English Language Congregation, and his son, Jonathon, and Appu Varghese, retiring chaplain at the American Mission Hospital.
When we arrived the country was decorated for National Day with many beautiful lights on the trees and buildings.
We have begun to settle down in our new apartment, and I am looking forward to beginning my work at the American Mission Hospital.
More soon. In the meantime, here are a few pictures from our first few days.