Sri Lanka Update 1: Hong Kong

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It was a year and a half ago that I took this same exact flight from DFW to LAX to Hong Kong. Memories of my last visit to South East Asia have flooded my mind walking through airport security, terminals and waiting areas. So much has changed since my last cross-cultural trip, but one thing remains the same – my love for the Lord and passion for sharing his saving message of salvation with the world.
Because I’ve taken this same trip before, the anticipation is almost unbearable. I know what’s on the other side of the world. I know what lies ahead: the friendly people, the amazing food, a new language, and most exciting are the opportunities my team will have to share with the people of Sri Lanka.
Up to this point, we’ve spent 17 hours in the air and 10 hours in the airports. An entire day has gone by in a blur with flight changes, time changes and overly priced airport food. The joys of the trip so far have been playing fun games with my teammates, performing science experiments in the airport terminal (including calculating the percentage of time saved when riding escalators in the airport versus walking), and enjoying the wonderful Cathay Pacific entertainment (such as Inception, Killers, Ella Fitzgerald, Latin Jazz and Glee soundtracks).
I have also taken time to read the seven books I purchased for class credit – that is until I found out we had two weeks following the trip to complete all of our assignments. With that burden being lifted I turned my attention more to intercessory prayer for the Sri Lankans, reading through scriptures which I can use to point them to Christ and journaling prayers and thoughts.
Our next step is Hong Kong. We will take a much needed break from flying and spend a day in the city before boarding our last flight to Colombo. I ask that you pray for our team and our upcoming day. I know for myself, sleep did not come easily on the overnight flight. My request is that my cranky attitude and lack of sleep will not prevent me from taking hold of opportunities God places in my path in Hong Kong. Also, that my selfish desire to tour the city would not interfere with the task I am here to do. One other request would be for our team. Please pray that we would continue to open up to one another and bond. It’s been more difficult than I expected getting to know my teammates. I hope that this changes as we land and get settled.
Enjoy your Monday. More updates and hopefully pictures to come!
PS – This song has been my prayer today.
Send us with fire to go love the world
Lay down all riches for the pearl of great cost
Count it as nothing for the sake of the cross
Pour out an offering of our lives for the lost, send us out
You’re our greatest desire, Jesus, Your name is our greatest song
So send us with fire to go love the world
Send us with fire to go love the world
Channel our passions into pleasing Your heart
Come consecrate us, come and set us apart
You’re the hope of the nations, we life high the cross, send us out
Sending by Charlie Hall

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