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!

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