Thank you for your prayers... I have arrived safely in Quito, Ecuador. I leave for Loja in a couple of hours. Getting to Quito was quite the experience though... here's how it went:
Leaving Denver I had to pay $125 for my extra bag... which wasn't fun, but kinda expected. I flew into ATL from Denver and had a 4 hour layover. I was supposed to arrive in Quito at 9:45pm, but God had other plans. We approached Quito about 3 times before they came over the intercom and said that there was too much fog so we were going to go to Guayaquil and refuel to try again. I was NOT happy about this due to the fact that I'd been up since 4am.
But as usual, God has other plans. While waiting in the airport in Guayaquil, I met Lilly, a traveling nurse from the states. We hit it off and ended up sitting together on the plane talking the entire time. We exchaged emails and I think she may come and visit me in Loja!
Even more interesting than than was getting through customs. We decided to wait for each other, get bags together and go through customs together. Little did I know that this would end up helping me out a ton. I had 3 BIG bags and two carry ons. She only had 2 bags and 1 carry on... so when we went through customs, she looked back at me and said, "Do you need help with the bags?" And I THINK the customs officials just thought we were together and that between two of us, we didn't have too much luggage :)
So that extra several hours of air time saved me the $100 extra baggage fee coming through Quito. How many times do I get impatient with the Lord when he is really just trying to give me what I ask for??
Needless to say, I arrived at the guest hour at 2:30 this morning and I'm leaving for Loja in a couple of hours. Keep praying... and I'll try and keep you posted on stories.