Arrived in Sri Lanka!

Thursday, October 04, 2018
Colombo, Western Province, Sri Lanka
On Tuesday we checked out of the Edgewater condo in Panama City Beach, Florida where we stayed over a week and thoroughly enjoyed the time with family. Our family drove back to the Indianapolis, Indiana area where they live.  We did some shopping on Tuesday and stopped at the Lotus Café for lunch.  It’s a place run by young people who are into health foods.  There we met the Mr. and Mrs. Janicich from the Salem, Oregon church area.  They are the parents of Sarah Greider, the mother of young Olivia who is battling leukemia. 
We then made our way to the Panama City Beach airport and flew to Houston.  In Houston we had a short connection, but the nine-hour flight to London was delayed by two hours by an onboard computer problem. We absolutely could not go unless we had that resolved.  I was impressed by how patient passengers were on the plane—no loud grumbling or deriding about United Airlines. 
We finally got off the ground for an uneventful flight across the ocean.  I actually slept much of the way and when we got to London I felt very good. The flight was comfortable as there was a light passenger load.
We spent much of the day at an airport lounge where we had quiet and comfortable chairs. Through the day I was able to get a lot of little things done and written.
Then at 9:30 p.m. our flight on Sri Lankan airlines commenced with an almost 11-hour flight to Colombo. We arrived at 12:15 p.m.  When we stepped off the plane we were hit with 90 degree-plus temperature and 100% humidity.  Going through customs and getting our luggage and out on the street was fast.  We were met by David and Jolinda Schreiber who were so welcoming.  We have never been to this part of the world and they will be with us on all the stops on this trip. 
It was about an hour drive to the city center of Colombo where we are staying at the Ramada Inn.  During that hour we discussed a lot of the church history of this congregation and their involvement with it since they started coming here in 2010.  Both Dave and Jolinda have put their whole heart into serving and developing this church.  They just finished the Feast of Tabernacles here where nearly 70 people were present.  Dr. Keith Tomes and family were also here from the United States and helped with the speaking.  Also, an elder from Toronto, Canada.
It was good to take our shoes off and get cleaned up after being on planes for two straight nights.  

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