|Amy and Ron Byrd embrace as a prayer of thanksgiving is offered before a bus delivers them to their home church, First Baptist in Forney, Texas. She was part of a team from the church that was stranded in Lebanon when war broke out. She and the rest of the volunteer team had just arrived at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport after being evacuated by boat through Cyprus.Photo by Bill Bangham |
FORNEY, Texas (BP)--Ron Byrd is going to meet his wife. It has been nine hard days, a rollercoaster ride of emotion. The love of his life, Amy, is a week overdue, one among many Americans caught in the conflict that exploded in Lebanon, stranded when war began.
“I’ve had some very high moments, some very low moments,” Ron says. “I didn’t sleep very much. I spent a lot of time praying and looking at the media, communicating with the other families. But you know, the Lord was really good.”
|Family members crowd the arrival gate when a team from First Baptist Church, Forney, Texas, arrives at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Ron Byrd (second from left) spots his wife, Amy. She was among volunteers stranded when war broke out in Lebanon. Photo by Bill Bangham |
Today, Amy arrives home.
She is part of a team from their church -- First Baptist in Forney, Texas –- who went to Beirut to work with Lebanese Baptists, helping them distribute New Testaments in predominately Muslim neighborhoods. But the war interrupted their efforts. Before they could leave, the airport was bombed. They moved into the mountains above the city, then evacuated by boat to Cyprus. Now, after an overnight stay in Philadelphia, they are on their way home.
|Todd Bradley rushes for the arms of loved ones when he arrives at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. He was part of a volunteer team from First Baptist Church, Forney, Texas, stranded in Lebanon when hostilities broke out.Photo by Bill Bangham |
Hidden within that simple description of the previous nine days are hours of uncertainty, moments of terror, fear, frustration and doubt, followed by certainties, and finally the peace of God.
“I know one prayer meeting we had,” Ron continues. “[God] just laid on my heart that everything was going to be OK.... I felt in my heart that He said, ‘Amy is painting a tapestry of her life and her painting is not finished.’” Read More