Day 1 Youth Mission trip June 2011

6/17/2011 So friday night we all meet at Dave and Chrissy’s house and we drove in a van that was loaned to us by another church to DC to catch our flights. It was great drive we all talked and discussed what we will be doing in the coming week. The guys that had been here before told some stories about their last trip and what they expect to be happening during this trip. Overall it was great ride laughing about our GPS and the “recalculating” commercial from TV and listening to Nate and Drew do annoying voices until Dave and had had enough:). Got to the hyatt after midnight and it was like checking into a hotel in Las Vegas. People all over the place and a long line. It was crazy. We found out later that United airlines had some kind of systems issue and all of the late flights from Dulles were canceled so that’s why people we trying to get every last room. No issue for us we got our rooms and got a good night sleep, except I think I kept Ben awake with my snoring. 6/18/2011 We all had breakfast at the hotel. Ben had a plate with 3 muffins on it and he said to me,” I could really go for a waffle but they don’t have a waffle maker.” Not 5 minutes later Drew comes over sits down with a plate of 3 muffins and says “hey this place does not have a waffle maker.” ok our first lesson the Meyers boys only stay in the finest hotels that offer there guests a waffle maker. This hotel did not. “Come on Dave what is a true mission trip without a waffle maker let’s get the right hotel booked next time” At the airport we got all of our 20+ bags of luggage with all the great stuff collected for the kids in line and the nice folks at AA took us into a special line to help us get checked in. That process went really well until we found out about the embargo that is going on so we each could only check no bags, no extra bags could be checked. So we had 3 extra bags that we had to do something with. We decided to take them back to our van which is parked back at the hotel we stayed in. So the shuttle driver from the hotel who happens to be from El Salvador was awesome. He came back to the airport picked up Jake and I and we took the extra bags back to the van and then he brought us back to the airport again and we met up with the rest of the crew and we were off!!!

We are at the base safe and sound and going to bed.

 Looking forward to a great week!

God Bless, G.


About bgratton

I'm the Pastor of Community Involvement at Discovery Christian Church I have a beautiful wife, Kristen and two lovely boys Kai (2) and Kaden (1).
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3 Responses to Day 1 Youth Mission trip June 2011

  1. Mary says:

    We’re glad to hear that you made it safely to El Salvador. Happy Father’s Day to Dave and Gary. Jake – we miss you (and I’m sure Dad missed you even more on the golf course this morning! Frank said to tell you “hi.”) We’re anxious to hear about your work, and hope that you have a safe trip.

    Love, Mom, Dad, and Luke

  2. Aunt Kathy says:

    Hi Jake and team. I hope that you like the hat I got you for the trip – and hope you are wearing enough sunscreen. Everyone is over at my clubhouse for Father’s Day and we miss you. Do some good work while you are away and I’ll follow the blog.


    Aunt Kathy, Papap, Carlina and Gialina

  3. Margie mcGee says:

    Hi Jake and Team!

    We are proud that you have chosen to do something totally out of your comfort zone and help others in a part of the world very different from where you cone from. We missed you today! We are anxious to read your daily blog. Be safe, do good works and be open to all the new things you will learn. This will be a trip that you and those you meet will remember for a lifetime. We are proud to call you our God son.


    Aunt Margie and Uncle Greg
    Alex and Mucha

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