In December I mentioned a preaching tour spectacular scheduled for May 2017. Four of us were to form a preaching team for conferences in Manila, Taipei and Seoul...all within two weeks. Hearing that arrangements were developing full steam ahead with a deadline for materials at the end of February 2017 I pressed on eagerly and these last few weeks I have (mostly) written my address for translation. Imagine my delight when talking with the Boston tour operator she then organized my first (business class) airline ticket to the Philippines from Heathrow. It was becoming real.
However.....imagine my disappointment when I heard last week that the whole trip was cancelled! Oh no! An email shared the sad news without explanation though, of course, with much apology. The US administrator said he was distressed by the news too. Apparently I need to send him my address which may be published and I have to stand by because a conference opportunity in the US may open up in 2018. But I cannot disguise my disappointment.
In the interests of full disclosure I also need to mention that Carol is exhilarated by this news. Though expressing some sympathy for me she has never concealed her worries about me going off to foreign places without her. Every piece of disturbing news about the three countries to be visited has reinforced her concerns and (though she is coy about admitting it) I am pretty sure that she has been praying the trip would be cancelled! For my own protection, of course. As one of my friends said: 'Well, you know about the powerful prayers of a righteous person!'