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February 19, 2014

Mission of Hope surmounts obstacles

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PLATTSBURGH —

On the New York Thruway, they lost one of their group, who fell ill and opted to wait for a relative at a hotel.

LAST 10 MILES

Another worry arose when Blow got a text from United Airlines saying five seats on the flight out of Newark had been canceled.

But that had to wait, as they first needed to get everyone to the airport.

That happened in seven trips of four or five missioners each in Rob Bashaw’s extended-cab pickup truck, which he had driven to Newark with some of the luggage for the trip.

It was 4 a.m. before all had traveled that last 10 miles, Blow said.

“I didn’t sleep at all,” said Fisher, who was in a biology lab at SUNY Plattsburgh when she learned the trip would start early.

“I think it’s pretty exciting.”

Blow had to agree, but in a different way.

“Good thing no one’s checking my blood pressure today,” she said.

REALLY QUICK BOND

At the airport, Blow fought for and won back the five canceled seats — in fact, the airline upgraded them to first class.

After the plane was de-iced, it took off for Houston at 9:15 a.m., an hour late. It landed at 1:50 p.m. Eastern time, with the departure for Managua at 5 p.m. and arrival there at 8:30.

“As much as they were challenges,” Blow said of the travel roadblocks, “they were blessings.”

The missioners formed a really quick bond, which will serve them well as they work with the poor in the third-world country over the next week.

“And what I saw was incredible cooperation from the adults and students,” Blow said.

Even so, she added, thinking of the frantic effort that began Monday morning, “it’s been a very long day — and night — and day.”

Email Suzanne Moore: smoore@pressrepublican.comTwitter: @EditorSuzanne

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