Monday, June 09, 2008
Austria - Day One
Update: OK, posting a few pictures now...these are in the lobby of the Parkhotel Schoenbraun...
Well, the ride over was long. Bad weather in DC caused me to miss my connection in Germany, but I eventually got here. Stayed last night at the beautiful Parkhotel Scheonbrun, or something like that, which is across the street from the summer palace of the Hapsburgs. Took a few pictures, but so far not successful at getting my computer on a network, so can't upload...using the hotel computer at the moment. Hopefully will have better luck at the next location.
The highlight of the flight over was sitting next to a man from Casablanca on the flight across the pond. He was an anathesiologist, who does volunteer work for a group called Operation Smile, a worldwide group that repairs cleft palates in small children. He saw my JESUS t-shirt and began to tell me all about the group. Apparently, if they get the cleft palates repaired before the babies can talk, then their speech is as good as new. I also didn't know that cleft palates can be caused by pre-natal malnutrition, which is why they have so many in Africa. Really great ministry.
He was a Muslim Arab, and was very open about religious relationships in Morrocco. They apparently live at peace with the Christians and Jews in the country, and I prayed with him that the Morroccans will have more influence over the rest of the Arab world in order for everyone to get along. He wholeheartedly agreed with my prayer.
Have to run, the bus is leaving! See you later...