Greetings from the UK! Just wanted to give you a brief update and share some pictures while I have a few moments. Hopefully, I can send out semi-regular updates via this blog.
We are getting settled here in a quaint little town in the county of Surrey. It is a lovely area and there are many little shopping centers right near us to visit. On the weekends, they have a large farmer’s market that is right around the corner from where we are staying. There are so many mothers out with their babies. Child care is outrageously expensive, so most mothers stay home with their children until they are school aged. I feel like every time we go out, we see at least a dozen mums and babies. They are everywhere and that is reassuring to me.
Husband has been enjoying his work assignment here. Apparently, they have what they call a 20/20 office set up, which involves everyone sitting together at a table so that they can share ideas easier. Being a natural people person himself, hubs has fit right in and really enjoys additional opportunities for communication with this new set-up.
The Lord has orchestrate some special little things for us just in the short time we’ve been here. Last Saturday, we toured a church building built in 1280 (the history here is astounding) and just as we arrived, a group of bell ringers were finishing up their practice of ringing bell calls and appeals. They invited us to go up in the bell tower to watch them ring the bells, which was something I’ve always wanted to do! Needless to say, I was quite excited about that opportunity. The narrow steps that we had to climb to reach the bell tower were built in 1530 and are still going strong!
Later that day, we walked through Chartwell, which is Winston Churchill’s country home. That evening we learned that the very day we toured his home was the exact day of the 70th anniversary of Churchill’s iron curtain speech that he delivered in Fulton, MO. Wish we would have known that earlier so we could have had something to tell the tour guides. 😉
On Sunday we drove 45 minutes to visit this sweet little church, Emmanuel Baptist. The fellowship is small, about 30-40 people, but they told us that there are only 4 other similar churches in the UK and they are the largest fellowship. The Lord gave is a sweet confirmation that day. This little church we visited currently has no children in it right now, but they told us they did have a family from the states, with seven children attending there for the past two years. This particular family just left because the father, who works with Microsoft, got called back to Seattle. Well, it was in the morning that they shared this information with us. Later in the afternoon, my parents shared that morning they had a guest pastor from Seattle, WA speaking at their church in Springfield, MO. This pastor used to work high up in Microsoft before God called him into the ministry. He told my parents that their dear friends just returned from spending two years in London and that they went to this little church in the UK called Emmanuel Baptist! How divine is that? Only the Lord could have orchestrated that connection, especially on the same day too!
The people at this little church were delighted to have children back in attendance, some thing they had been praying for. 🙂 We enjoyed sweet fellowship all the way across the pond with our British brothers and sisters, and the teaching was a blessing as well. Also, I thought it was special that they use the very same hymnals that I grew up using.
We do miss you all and send our love to everyone! We are so thankful for all of your love and prayers!