Made it home – but my bags did not

My trip around the world came to the end yesterday at 5:00pm.  It was a 21 hour flight with a 1hour layover in London.  I will tell you as a dad there is no better feeling than opening your front door to the sounds of little feet running at you.  Champe was there to greet me with a huge hug and an “i love you daddy.”  Thank you for the many prayers and kind words you shared with me on my trip.  It was a lot of fun and at the same time i was able to capture some video that will really bring a piece of what God is doing in India home.chennai-3

I will be honest this was the first big trip i had gone on since my fathers death, and along the trip i could not help but stop and say wouldn’t it be great if my dad saw this.  One of those moments was a stop at one of the highest points in Chennai.  It is a known as St. Thomas mount, and is widely believed to be the place Thomas was martyred from. (Thomas was one of the 12 disciples)  As you stood out you truly took in the whole city and as I reached down to pick up i rock, i pictured my dad giving a lecture to a group of students on the geology of the region.  I miss you dad.

I will try to unpack more of the trip in the days to come but for now i could not be more happy to see Melissa, Eli, and champe.  Bear with me as i look through the hours of video and the hundreds of pictures from a trip that truly changed my life.

5 responses to Made it home – but my bags did not

  1. jerrybyrd

    Mark, your dad was with you. His passions course through your veins and are captured in your DNA.

    Your dad often told me of how pleased he was with you and your life’s direction.

    He is proud of you. So am I.


  2. Thank you for your regular updates while in India. You have truly provided the God-perspective I was lacking when that country came to mind, and for the first time ever I am open to traveling there if God directs. This was never the case before and I struggled with wanting to be open to the Lord’s leading while not wanting anything to do with that region of the world. Your commentary and photos have changed my opinion drastically. No matter what else comes from your time there, you have been used of God in my own heart. So thanks, man! I look forward to hearing more!

  3. The Champe Fisher Family


    Congratulations on your trip around the world. What an awesome adventure! We can’t wait to see the pictures and hear all the stories.

    We are glad you made it back safe and sound.

    The Champe Fisher Family

    P.S. Did you check out the cow/bull (I was never good with animal identification) on your brother’s web page? Who would have believed that cows were causing traffic headaches in both Scotland and India.

  4. Anthony Fletcher

    Just wanted to let you know my wife is having a boy and we will be naming him Chase Mark Anthony Fletcher. Thanks again for sharing your father with me.

    Anthony Fletcher
    Eastfield College
    Basketball Coach

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