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Greetings From Taipei (2006)

July 2, 2006 Sunday at 8:30 PM; Tom Bradley Terminal, LAX

We were a bit delayed driving up from San Diego. The entire terminal was flooded with people and noises. We fought our way through the crowd with five big pieces of luggage and finally located the luggage-inspection line for Singapore Airline. The long winding line moved in a very slow pace. When it came to our turn, the staff learned that our destination was Taipei. He explained to us---the aircraft which just landed at LAX needed extensive repair before taking off again. A passenger in that flight pulled the "emergency exit" knob causing all the emergency safety equipments such as the landing slides popping out of the aircraft. And due to the safety reason that row 15 to 39 had to be vacated to avoid too much weight on the aircraft. All the passengers flying to Taipei had to be transferred to China airline, Eva airline or Malaysia airline and compensated for $200 U.S. per ticket. We were left without any choice but to start heading toward the end of luggage-inspection line at Malaysia airline. We were perplexed with all kinds of ¡§what if¡¨ thoughts. It took another hour to be our turn for inspection and another hour to wait in line for Malaysia airline ticket check-in. At this point, the time had already past midnight. We were tired and exhausted from a whole day of packing, cleaning and waiting. Not knowing what to expect for the next thing, the only thought I could hang on was simply to keep my head up and very sure that my God was in control and He was watching over us. After much explanation and talking with the ticketing staff, we were able to get on the airplane with five seats RANDOMLY spread out through the jumbo jet. We were then advised to proceed to the boarding gate immediately without further delay. It was not very fun to exercise/jogging in an international airport. As soon as we got to the boarding gate, I asked to speak with the supervisor to seek the possibility for two seats together. It would be a long 14-hour flight for the boys, especially  8-year-old Chris to sit alone. The supervisor politely but firmly declined my request for the flight obviously was in its full capacity. Each international flight had its own uniqueness in the culture of the destination country. The majority of the passengers  were Muslim in Malaysia airline. I knew very well that only God could grant us love and peace. I sat and prayed in my heart. About two-third of the passengers already on board, all of a sudden, the supervisor called us over to the station and worked on our seating. It seemed that there was a group of passengers had problems with their visa status and hence, was not pursuing boarding on the aircraft. The entire boarding gate was empty except five of us and the crew. We waited and waited for them to finish the computer work. The supervisor, then, handed us our boarding cards with an entire row of seats together! I couldn't believe what had happened! We had a great and safe flight landing at CKS Taipei airport with low-season's discounted airfares. GOD CARRIED us through each step (we were not able to change any of the facts or do anything on our part) and revealed His faithfulness, mercy and goodness toward us!

P.S. Thank you for your prayers. Please continue to pray for open door and boldness to share the gospel of Christ. Today, the boys saw people, young and old, bring out tables outside of their business buildings (in a way to worship toward sky/heaven). On the table were full of food/ fruits as  worship items along with incenses and special paper for burning to the unknown "heavenly father" for peace and prosperity. This was a typical religious practice of Taoism.







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