Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!  Hope everyone has a blessed day full of family, friends, and thankfulness!

 Natalee and I, along with the team, just got back to Dublin yesterday afternoon.  We were in Rothenburg, Germany this past week for the annual "Euro-American Family Retreat", for missionary and military families.  Germany was absolutely beautiful-Rothenburg is one of the few places in Germany that was not bombed during World War II.  We spent about 5 days in Rothenburg, worshipping with missionaries and other believers from all over Europe.
 There was a group working in Marce, France.  There were two couples that lead the group of 10 young adults, some were right out of high school and some had finished college.  Four of them were from the states, the rest were from other parts of France,  5 could speak fluent English.  Natalee and I got to know them pretty well, and we spent our last night with the group.  It was amazing!  Even with the language barrier, we talked with everyone and bonded over hot chocolate and ice cream.  That was my favorite part of the retreat (I think it is Natalee's favorite part as well).  We will cherish that memory and the friendships we have made.
 In Rothenburg, we were able to meet many other Christians from allover Europe and the states, it was incredible to be able to worship with so many believers from so many places.

 Today, we are celebrating Thanksgiving with the team and other Americans we've met, that are either working or going to school in Dublin.  The team invited several others who are not from the states, and have never had Thanksgiving before.  We are grateful to share this Holiday with our Christian family here in Dublin!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Busy Week!

   This past week Natalee and I stayed busy with volunteer work, bible studies, and spending time encouraging others.  Saturday, (October 27th) we went with Juli and a friend of her's to Malahide.  We spent the day there exploring-we toured the Malahide Castle, walked along the coast, and had a "Traditional Irish Breakfast".  It was a great way for us to show Christ to others, just by spending the day with them.  That evening we had a girl's night with several young ladies from the community, it was such a blessing to get to know them better!
   On Monday Natalee and I spent the day in Howth with the lady we are living with.  She had the day off work and invited us to go "Cliff Walking" with her.  Again, the Lord gave us an opportunity to show our faith.  We are getting to know her better, and loving her more each day.
  During the week we had our coffee shop bible studies with the ladies (Tuesday), and with Shay (Thursday).  Both studies were full of great discussion, I come out of those studies better than I was going in to them.  On Wednesday, there was a "Craft Day" for all the  kids from the different playgroups we helped with.  There were different tables with different crafts to make.  Many parents brought their children, it was so much fun for the kids and for us!  But we were exhausted afterwards.  We met a few au pairs, one of whom we had met at a playgroup the week before.  We invited her to a "Block Party" that Friday, she was planning on coming but ended up not being able to because she had to watch the kids that night.
   We were able to go to Shay's english class down in the city centre, and be a part of that.  There were many students there, several from Spain and Poland and other parts of the world.  Later that day Natalee and I went on to Oxfam to volunteer the rest of the day.
   Friday night we had a "Block Party".  There was a great turn out, tons of people showed up and we got to spend time with our friends, the young ladies we've been getting to know.  We had a wonderful meal, and after that we played a game that Shay and Juli had played with the youth group.  It was a wonderful evening and entirely too much fun!
   It's hard to believe our time here is half-way over, but what a blessing it's been!  A few weeks ago, Juli, Natalee, and I were talking about how easy it would be to visit another country while we are over here...and so we decided to do it!  We are going to Barcelona, Spain!  We leave early tomorrow morning, we'll be there three full days, and we'll come back late Wednesday night.  We are thrilled to have that time with Juli, and share this experience with one another!  Please be praying for our safety while we are there!
   Thank you everyone for your continued prayers!!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Busy Week!

Spending a day in Malahide encouraging a friend of Juli's!

The Ladies Coffee Shop Bible Study

Volunteering for a Craft Day for Kids!

We went "Trick-or-Treating" with Shay, Juli, and Ashlyn!

Halloween bonfire!-There were many!

Volunteering at Oxfam!-We are organizing donated books and movies.