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Starting 2018

About 9 years ago, my wife Johnnie and I went on a medical mission trip to Ecuador.  We went with a group from Western Heights Church of Christ.  We have been on a number of short term mission trips.  This was our first trip to Ecuador.

Johnnie had just been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and was stabilized by medication but was still a little unsteady on her feet.  We had a younger couple who said that they would sort of look after us.  We needed that.

We flew from Dallas to Atlanta.  That leg of the journey was uneventful.  A change of planes in Atlanta was ok until a young couple, confused of the time zone change from Dallas to Atlanta went away from the airport but did not return on time to catch the flight.  We pulled away from the gate but then the pilot decided that we needed to take the bags off that belonged to the young couple.  After a few hours we got those bags unloaded and took off to Ecuador.  We were supposed to land in Quito, Ecuador at about midnight but when we arrived there it was fogged in and after circling for a few times to allow the fog to lift we had to land near the coast to refuel.

We finally arrived at the hotel in Quito and checked in at about 8 am but had to leave around noon to take the buses to our destination for the medical clinics.  We were worn out.  Johnnie and some of the ladies decided to go shopping but I decided to take a nap in the hotel room.

Things got better and we had a number of people we helped.  Traveling up the river to the clinic was neat.  We got one free day off before we return to the States.  Interestingly, they used American currency so there was not any money exchange hassle.

Why am I telling this story?  We left on that trip 9 years to the day tomorrow – January 2, 2009.  We have not been able to make any more trips like that because “Parky” has entered our life.  Johnnie is now on Hospice because of “Parky”.  We have a promise.  That pesky “Parky” may occupy Johnnie’s old body but the ‘new body’ will001 be amazing.

Have a blessed New Year.

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  1. The Resurrection Body

    1Co 15:35 But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come?
    1Co 15:36 Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die:
    1Co 15:37 And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain:
    1Co 15:38 But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body.
    1Co 15:39 All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds.
    1Co 15:40 There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.
    1Co 15:41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory.
    1Co 15:42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:
    1Co 15:43 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:
    1Co 15:44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
    1Co 15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
    1Co 15:46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
    1Co 15:47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.
    1Co 15:48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.
    1Co 15:49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.

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