Nineteen year old Mitchell Penning was glad to sit down on a seat in between his two brothers, Josiah and Philip. Behind them sat their father, James and two more brothers, Ben and Alec. All six of them had just boarded a plane to Lansdale, Florida for a special month long training. The training was going to equip them to go on a mission trip to Madagascar. Mitchell remembered the first time their Dad announced to them about the ministry called “Men for Madagascar.” It was an organization that sent men to help out the native people of Madagascar.
Mitchell put his backpack on the floor between his feet and leaned back in his chair. When going through security, Alec realized he’d forgotten to leave his pocket knife at home. They were then detained by a not-so-nice man who questioned them thoroughly. They barely made their flight having to run from security to the boarding area of their plane. Thank the Lord we made it! Mitchell marveled.
“Hey Mitchell, look out the window. Where do you think that plane is going?”, the outgoing sixteen year old Josiah asked from Mitchell’s right.
Mitchell looked over and saw a very large plane with the words, Vista Flying Airlines on the side. He had heard of Vista before. It was a very high class and expensive airline.
“Not sure Josiah, but I know that Vista Flying Airlines is expensive. A lot of wealthy people take it.”
Mitchell turned and faced his seventeen year old brother Philip. He noticed Philip had a Madagascar guide book and a book on jungle life in his hands. He smiled. What a book worm!
“Phil, where did you get those?”
“I found them at one of the jungle outfitters stores near home. It’s really interesting!” he paused in excitement. “Listen to this! Madagascar is the world’s fourth largest Island and is about the size of Texas!”
“Wow! Go on read some more,” Mitchell encouraged.
“Well, in real life Madagascar does not have lions, zebras, hippos, or giraffes (like the movie) but it does have endangered animals such as lemurs, chameleons, tenrecs and fossa…”
Phil was suddenly interrupted by the plane’s intercom system. A lady’s voice was heard.
“Ladies and gentleman please buckle your seat belts as we are going to take off in a few minutes. If you need any assistance please don’t hesitate to push the help button above your seats. Thank you for flying with West Coast Airlines!”
“Finally, we get to take off!” Josiah sighed with gladness.
“Yes!” Mitchell and Phil agreed.
They were soon high in the sky above Iowa, the Penning’s home state. In the air, Phil continued reading through his guide book, Josiah gazed out the window and Mitchell decided to check his email.
I wonder if I have a lot in my inbox. He noticed how slow it was taking to open. Ah, there it finally opens.
Scanning the series of new emails, one email in particular caught his attention. Mitchell clicked it open. A frown suddenly creased his face as he read the email.
“Mitchell, why are you frowning all of a sudden?”
“It’s this email, look what it says!” Mitchell replied with urgency.
Josiah leaned over and quickly read the email. Mitchell was right this was not good! . . . to be continued!!! I’m going to keep you all in suspense!