Day 1: 27 hrs, 4 countries, our mission started off with a splash.

Friday morning at 7:30AM Our team gathered together at YYC for the departure. We quickly checked in our luggages and found out our whole group's ticket has been pre printed / checked in ready to roll! We spend some time at the chapel with our prayer warriors, friends and families in prayers. We knew its going to be a long trip and knew we had to rely on God to sustain us through the long travel time. At around 9AM we left for the gate, our flight itinary, Calgary to Toronto, 2 hr layover, Toronto to Frankfurt, 6 hr layover, Frankfurt to Budapest. By the time we got to Budapest, everyone was tired and confused over when to sleep. The weather in Budapest was cloudy with a nice breeze, it was a huge blessing as sitting in a hot van for x hrs is very draining. As we got onto our 2 van we also met a Norwegian, Solvig, who is heading to HOM also! As we departed in our vans, we presumed our route will be similar to previous years, from Hungary right into Ukraine. But as it turns out our drivers took us on a brand new route through Slovakia into Ukraine! The trip was a few hrs longer but with the nice weather it was a real scenic treat (as well as extra nap time). After a few moment of getting lost and low gas warning we arrived at HOM at around 9:30PM! We were welcomed at the gate by the staff and kids / teens at HOM! Ohhh how we missed them!!! After a yummy dinner our whole team left for the brand new Hostel HOM just finished (the day before). We were all going to stay here for 1 night and then the HOM VBS team will move back to the HOM site while the ROMA team will leave for its camp. As we all started to unpack and rest, we encountered our next challenge! The 2nd floor shower started flooding, we quickly scrambled the troops and with quick thinking and skills, Bin and Vasya got it under controlled. As I write this all of us has just finished showering and are finally, truly, resting. 26hrs of travel plus a plumbing challenge. God sure do has a sense of humour! But He has definitely sustained us! Through a few sickness, long travels and extra challenge, God has shown His presence here in our mist and I can't wait to see more of what He has in stored for us!! So now I must sleep, I don't know what time it is, but I know tomorrow's going to be a long day with worship, setup, last min. material shoppings and etc.!!! Stayed tune for the next update!!! Eric ready for flight

Prayer time at the chapel:

Onboard reading...

Stephen reading up on his lesson plans...

Arriving at Frankfurt...

6 hr layover at Frankfurt... (photo is 20% staged, guess which part :)

Colin practicing the songs at the gate.

The A-Team van at the Budapest airport.

Inside the B-Team van!!

Hanging out in Slovakia...

Meal at HOM after we arrived!!

A view of our shower incident.