Seventeen years ago today, a young family was huddled together at the small airport in Anchorage, Alaska. They had already left their home in Ohio and were now finally ready to fly to their new home in Magadan, Russia. They were allowed two suitcases plus two carry-ons per person, so with seven people, they had twenty-eight bags. It may have looked like a huge mound of bags, but this was just about everything they owned. So many things had been given away or left behind.
The church in Anchorage had gathered to send them off. Without a doubt, this family felt loved. They knew these friends would pray for them and keep them in their hearts.