Operation Bucharest -- Atlanta's Hartsfield International Airport
Leading up to this there was an incredible dedication of the church body in
Those who helped generously: Patty Joyner, Tom and Annette Ulry, Roger Williams, Donald Harrelson, Charles and Gail Aplin, John and Renee Butler, Joe Freeman, Caleb Stark, Nora Morris, Shayne and Wendy Ulry, Mitchell and Nellie Lee, Sue Chumney, Patricia Patterson, Don and Ellen Foster, Tina Caskey, Donna and Bill Paramore, Robbie Kovach along with Amy, Stephen and Tori, Robert and Pat Redden, and I am certain I am leaving some out.
They sent us off last night (Sunday PM) with a very moving service. Sister Paramore embroidered some handkerchiefs and the saints of the
The vans rolled along well and we hit
Shortly thereafter, we arrived at
After the check-in at the Lufthansa counter we had to go through the customs area. This turned into to quite a deal. The vast majority of us had to pull off our shoes and those who did not have on socks had to parade through the corridor with the grace of bare-footed yard-dogs. Most all of us went through without a hitch except for Stacey and Teresa. They looked pretty impressive as they were “wanded” to find out what set off the monitors.
The difficulty in all of this whole process is the rushed feeling that we had. There were people waiting behind us while we were trying to get all of our carry on luggage through the process. It was a wild fifteen minutes but we made it through. Another humorous thing that happened was when Annette McCoy misplaced her ticket when we were going through security. As she frantically looked for her ticket, the Security man said to her, “It’s okay ma’am, just calm down.” She ended up finding her ticket under the conveyor deal after a few seconds.
We are now waiting at Gate E-28. It appears that we have about another hour and twenty minutes to board the plane and then head east to
Miscellaneous comments that I heard along the way:
Annette McCoy -- “I got so stressed at the processing gate that I have a pounding headache.”
Rhonda Lewis -- “I hope someone knows where to go because I sure don’t.”
John Cureton -- “My lunch shall be very light so that I do not embarrass myself on the flight.”
Philip Harrelson -- “I shall resort to pain and agony if you do this again.” (Said to Nathan when he tried to board an escalator that was going to U. S. Customs instead of the E-Gates.)
Justin Harrelson -- “Chill Out!!!”
Stacey Cureton -- “WOW!!!! That’s a supa big plane!”
Finally, to the hearty souls that are in