Prayer power! Yes! We arrived in Sao Paulo on time, praise God. But we knew it would be tight to go through immigration and customs and ge to our gate in 70 minutes.
We had a few tense minutes when one suitcase was slow in coming on the carousel, but it gave Gina time to exchange some team money so we could buy groceries today.
Perk: Coke was giving free mini-cans near baggage claim.
We collected our luggage and after customs tried to drop off our 10 stuffed bags. But their conveyor belt was out of order, so we had to haul our luggage up one floor, grateful for the elevator. (Also gave Gina a chance to teach the term “conveyor belt” to the worker who had some English but not that term.)
The next floor was bedlam! People, luggage, and lines everywhere. Gina jumped right in and asked where to go–B18, right in the middle of B1-B26. She ran there to tell them we already had luggage and boarding passes ready to go through. She ran back to get us, and as she walked ahead, the crowd parted as miraculously as for the Israelites crossing the Red Sea. Various TAM Airlines attendants waved us on and w walked right up to the desk, with Gina thrusting our boarding passes to the agent. We threw our luggage on the scale and others checked eau one to be sure each was routed to Natal. Then we worked our way back through the crowd, down an escalator, and into line for our gate!
Our flight to Natal was uneventful except for waiting an hour on the plane before takeoff. The pilot explained that we were waiting for a group of people on a connecting flight to arrive. They must have had powerful prayers as well!
I thank God for answering the fervent prayers of many that we would ale our flight. Thanks, dear friends and family, for your prayers.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21