Most of us were still awake when midnight rolled around and Sunday changed to Monday. Many, but not all of us went to bed for a nap at some point after that, but by 4 a.m. we were all on the bus and headed to the airport.
After spending a very long time standing in the check-in line at the airport, we moved into the long line for security. After passing through these twin ordeals and getting our passports stamped to exit the country, we found our way to our gate and collapsed in weariness, our luggage, and bodies strewn haphazardly about on the floor.
After a few minutes of rest, we boarded our plane and flew to Frankfurt, Germany, where most of us found something to eat for breakfast. After a two-hour layover, we boarded our final flight to Detroit shortly after 10 a.m.; about 8 hours later, we landed in Detroit just before 1 p.m. We had to wait in a long line for passport control, but eventually we got through and collected our luggage and went through customs without difficulty. While waiting for the bus, many of us recharged on coffee from an airport coffee shop.
The bus finally arrived to pick us up from the airport, and we piled on for the final leg of our journey. After about five hours of enjoying the familiar sights of gas stations and restaurants that we recognized and road signs we could read, and re-acquainting ourselves with the incompetence of American fast food staff, we finally arrived back at Legacy Christian School. By this time, almost 24 hours had elapsed since we had boarded the bus at our hotel in Bucharest on the same day.
This was, officially the end of tour for Voice of Light 2018. We bade each other fond farewells and departed to various places.
Looking back over the last two weeks, we are grateful to God for many things. In all the flying that we did, we did not have any lost luggage, delayed flights, or any serious complications. We were kept safe through many miles of bus travel, some of it on hazardous, twisty roads. We had good health; nobody ever missed a program. We were able to bless and encourage our brothers and sisters in Romania and were blessed and encouraged by them in return. We made new friends, grew musically, took lots of group pictures, and experienced a lovely country and culture – this was time well-spent. Soli Deo Gloria.