KLM got me off to a bad start- after checking in online and making sure I had an aisle seat on the Boeing 737-900, the nice man checking the boarding passes told me, I'd been moved to a middle seat. A family needed to be seated together. This was a lie, as I discovered later.
There were a fair number of other pilgrims onboard, including the Archbishop of Ghana. Had some good chats with a few of them, including one who preached at St Silas' thirty years ago He could remember the text he preached on (Daniel 6:10, as it happens). There's a lot of anticipation about what God will do this week amongst the pilgrims I've met.
In fact what had really happened with the seats was that a passenger seat was needed for a cabin crew member during take-off and landing. I was next of her, and we had a good chat. I then got sitting in her seat, with my seat empty beside me, on a completely full plane. Result! Glad I hadn't caused a fuss and been nice about it instead.The cabin crew were efficient but run off their feet feeding and watering the passengers throughout the four hour flight.
Arrived at Ben Gurion Airport at 2.20am. What an amazing building it is, with a stunning waterfall/fountain at its heart, and long, long walks to get anywhere. I was sent to the 'Green Room' at passport control. It wasn't explained why this happened. I had visions of a thorough interrogation, but all that happened was a nice young lady smiled and gave me my passport back.
I'm now in a hotel room in Jerusalem, and will try to sleep for a few hours before the busy day ahead.
Praying today that the St Silas contribution to the Gibson Street Gala connects with a lot of people.