Today has been filled with serving and sightseeing. We were in another school this morning and did our question and answer about America & Texas and taught them the song. The principal was so impressed that she has asked us to come back! This is a public school where they don’t talk about God so God is definitely moving!! We are very excited and hope to return Friday am if our schedule will allow.
As soon as we were done we were whisked away to the train station for our visit to historic York. It was exciting to ride on the train as many of us have not experienced that before. York is an ancient English city and has a wall around it, parts dating back to the first Century AD and other parts dating to the 12th Century. It is one of the most visited cities in England. When we arrived in York, we went to the Vorjik Viking Center. About 30 years ago, they were building a courtyard area and as they began to dig they discovered Viking artifacts dating back to 700 AD. It is the most preserved Viking discovery in the world. The museum was very interesting and showed what life was like in those days for the Vikings. They had artifacts that included shoes, jewelry, hair combs, weapons, pottery and skeletal remains.
We then walked over to Clifford’s Tower which still stands from the 12th century. It was originally built by William the Conqueror to subdue the rebels of the north.
After that we went to the York Westminster. One word describes such a place…awe! It was magnificent. This is northern Europe’s largest gothic cathedral and it is over 800 years old. It was truly amazing and many of us felt the Spirit of God immediately upon entering.
When we returned, we met with the Rainbow Girls and Brownies. Many of them had been at the school we were in during the morning so they were excited to see “the Americans” once again. We helped them make salvation bracelets and sang two songs with them. It was a fun one-on-one time which we don’t get to do when we are in the schools.
After dinner we received sad news that one of the dear sweet members, Kath Young was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Of course we all knew what is in store for them as we have recently witnessed with one of our own dear members. We prayed for Sean as they are all devastated by the news. We prayed that he would have the strength to shepherd his congregation through this after having to process and deal with the news himself. We also prayed for Kath’s healing and that God would be glorified. Please pray for her and this wonderful church. It may be that this is why we have come this week. It was a powerful time of prayer as our kids cried out (literally with tears) to God for healing for Kath. They have fallen in love with this congregation. Our hearts have bonded in our short four days.
Our kids have been amazing as they have ministered to these precious people. They spend time talking and listening to their stories. The older generation here is soaking it all in as they have so few young people to love on.
Keva is doing well and does go off to rest when she needs it. Of course, she is very shaken with the news as well. Thank you for your continued prayers for her health and stamina. In fact, our host, Sean, said tonight that she looks better than us!!!
That is all for today. I’m hoping to get to bed early tonight!
Love in Christ, Dana