For those who follow me on social media, you know that I have been planning an all female youth revival in Suriname, South America for several months. I belong to a multi-cultural international church organization with churches on 5 of the 7 continents. Although I have traveled extensively all over the world, I had never been to Suriname or anywhere in South America. In my normal fashion, I planned every part of this trip even to the special t-shirts that were designed just for this trip. But somehow, even with all of my planning and preparation things fell completely apart.
Writing this posts was extremely therapeutic for me because it forced me to have to sit and think about everything that I was experiencing in order to properly articulate this experience to my audience. So let’s just start from the beginning……
I had a five-member team that consisted of myself and 4 amazing young women. We were going to Suriname to not only preach the Gospel but also to inspire, encourage and uplift the youth and young adult women in this country. Our tickets were purchased, reservations made, all plans set, secure and confirmed.
We arrived in Miami on Wednesday evening with joy, excitement, and anticipation about how things would/could transpire on this trip. Little did we know that this was the start of a truly unexpected adventure! We left the hotel and headed to Miami International Airport and arrived at the ticketing/check-in counter for Insel Air.
Much to our surprise and dismay Insel Air had gone out of business and none of us knew not even our travel agent! Needless to say, I was shocked, horrified and scared. I went through all of the expected emotions and the 12 stages of grief! lol……….
The travel agent was just as helpless as I was and we could not catch another flight to Suriname without a lot of additional, exorbitant expenses since the tickets had to be purchased at the last-minute. Our options were very limited at this point –
1.) Either stay in Miami until Monday (which is when our return flights were scheduled)
2.) Or pay a lot of money to have our tickets changed to go back to our respective cities on the next available flights
3.) Or get tickets to someplace close and nice for a few days. BINGO……….
The travel agent felt so bad that she was able to get us last-minute tickets from Miami to Nassau, Bahamas. Whaaaaaaaat????
So, instead of going to Suriname to preach and do a work for the Lord, we went to the Bahamas to rest and relax until Monday and catch our flights from Miami back to our cities of origin. I would have never guessed that things would transpire the way that they did. We found a nice AirBNB at a reasonable price and had an AMAZINg time in the Bahamas.
Why did things work out like they did? To be honest, I still don’t know. All, I know is that my life is hid with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3). I had to really evaluate how much I trusted God, I had to make up my mind and answer these questions:
- Was the Lord on my side?
- Was the Lord still with me?
- Did I trust him and his will completely?
The answer to all of those questions was a resounding YES! So, why was my heart still troubled? Why did I still feel a sense of disappointment? I felt like I had failed. Why didn’t I know? The reality is that there was nothing that I could have done, it was completely out of my control and I had to resolve that in my mind. To be honest friends, that was hard for me.
After a few days of praying and just asking the Lord to help me, I was able to fully and completely let go and resolve within myself that “…that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28). I am so grateful for my team of amazing young women who were absolute troopers on this trip. It was quite an adventure, one that we will never forget. This experience taught me that I still have a lot to learn about how to trust in God and trust his will.
We call this trip – “Surinamas”- Our trip to Suriname that took us to the Bahamas!