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Reunion

There were nearly 200 passengers on Flight 929 from London to Chicago on September 11, 2001. As they neared the North American coast the pilot informed them that. due to a national emergency they were going to land in Gander, Newfoundland.

According to the Chicago Tribune, "Onboard were families friends, a couple just married and a few others headed to weddings, another returning from a funeral ... and others returning from vacation or business trips." Passenger Tom Tucker commented, "We came from all over, but when we were dropped on this beautiful spot (in Newfoundland) everyone was equal."

After they landed they spent 20 hours on the runway and then, along with thousands of other passengers from some 40 flights,  they stayed four days before finally continuing their journeys. Their bond was that in a desperate and dangerous time they were thrown together, depending on one another for support.

In June, 2002 they had a reunion.  We went through something with these people that no one understands." said Kara Gilbert from San Francisco. "We can talk about it with friends and family but seeing everyone here makes it real."

If the people of Flight 929 felt such a bond after only a few days together how much greater will be the reunion of God's people when we finally gather in heaven with Jesus! Read I Thessalonians 4:13-18.

For His Cause.
Tim Woodward