Here we are…the end of an incredible journey. Tomorrow we head to the airport at 9 a.m. Scotland time and arrive in Pittsburgh at 6:41 p.m. By time we get our luggage and take the long 3 hour drive home I suspect we will arrive in Elkins about 10:30 p.m. That is Day 12!
Our last full day was today. We woke up and again had a hearty breakfast compliments of Agnes, our hostess. She fattened me up! We then met up with our team in the city and dispersed to do whatever we wanted – museums, monuments, cemeteries, shopping, tours, etc. Janell, Kary Kramer, and I hung out and primarily finished shopping for our families while taking in this historic city one last time. We ate a late lunch at a restaurant called the World’s End where we had fish and chips (French fries). It was delicious! The restaurant existed when Edinburgh was a walled city and was located at the main gate! thus, when people left the city they entered the “other world” – hence the World’s End! I think it was from the 1800′s.
After fish and chips we took the bus back to The Hub for our barbecue, which was really a cookout. It was for all us plus the Scottish leaders and kids. It was fun mingling and hanging out one last time with new friends and kids we ministered to. After one final meeting and prayer we said our goodbyes and off we went!
I hoped I captured our experience here via this blog. But like many other things, one must experience things to really grasp them. I would encourage everyone to come to Edinburgh, Scotland. We fell in love with this country and their people. We only pray we can return again. We are grateful for the opportunity to not only see some if this big world, but to do so in Christ’s name and with the primary task of making Him known! What a blessing to be used for the advancement of the Gospel, especially because God doesn’t need me, but chooses to use me! We hope our children can experience trips like this in the near future. We hope to show them how important it is to live for Christ and to make sacrifices, even if it means leaving them for nearly two weeks!
We love you all and are thankful for sharing in our ministry and our lives!
Heath and Janell