As of now I’ve been up 24 hours, arising at 4:30am (British Standard Time) and pulling into Pickerington OHIO at 10:30pm (which is 3:30am Friday BST). It was a long trip. Guess who was randomly selected for a pat down and bag search at Manchester Airport? Do I really look that guilty…or suspicious?
Yesterday evening (Wednesday) was the first time I was able to get a picture of the sunset across Morecambe Bay (without the clouds, that is). My English friend, Bill Shand took me and another team member up to St. Peter’s church & St. Patrick’s ruins to capture the rays shimmering across the still bay. If you look at the sunset picture below you’ll notice that the shapes cut in the rock are shapes of people who were buried in these rocks (burial grounds).
Last night’s farewell gathering enabled the congregation to imagine the possibilities for how to use their newly refurbished sanctuary. We had a meal of “jacketed potatoes” (a loaded potato bar). Words of appreciation were exchanged. Gifts were presented from the church to the team. We received a Heysham hand towel, a tea spoon with an English coat of arms, and an original watercolor of Morecombe Bay by Knowlys Rd Nazarene’s newest church member, Barb Vernon. Hugs and farewells ended our time at the church. I believe the Knowlys Rd congregation is ready to break out into their community in word and deed with the gospel of Jesus Christ. I’m anxious to see what God is going to do through these faithful people.
I can’t hold my eyes open anymore…and the familiar bed of HOME SWEET HOME awaits me. Thanks for allowing me to share this journey with you.