Tuesday – We finally got a full debrief tonight! We have had such amazing days but we come back to the hotel with no ability to think. So tonight was catch up night, all of us together, not at separate tables and not being rushed.
It was hard for many to choose a favorite place we just have been blessed by the ability to see so many new beautiful sites. Here are some highlights:
- Being overwhelmed by the beauty everywhere.
- The architecture in the towns is fascinating. Driving through some small towns you realize if you could just remove all the modern day cars, you could be glimpsing into the past.
- The roads … when the roads have been single lane roads and you have to stop before you cross the bridge or round a corner to make sure you aren’t going to meet traffic coming the opposite direction.
- Listening to the Irish local band last night and instead of us seeing someone do the Irish jig… we were asked to show them how to do a line dance. HA! That was fun and funny!
- The beauty at the top of the Cliffs of Moher and a guy was up there just playing an accordion.
- The passion that our tour guide Michael has to share the stories and history and the desire to continually know and learn more. He is amazing!
- I really might want to move here. I love it. The people, the places, their accents, I have loved it all.
- I really like hearing all the history – how far back everything goes. In America it’s like something happened 200 or 300 years ago… here the story is ABOUT the YEAR 200AD or 300AD
- Being near the islands where the latest episodes of Star Wars were filmed… seeing the artist there… it encouraged me while I am trying to discover how am I going to keep this art in my life.
- Learning about the sheep herders and how their business has changed and now they have to depend upon tourists.
- Being able to pray for the woman on the plane and giving to the homeless guy. It’s the first time I had even seen a homeless person. I was glad to be able to help
- I feel so blessed to be able to be here and experience all of this beauty
- Visiting the small village with the homes and the thatched roofs. I was moved at how fragile their lives were – depended on just a few things – 1 cow and 1 pig – but to lose one the whole family would starve – and lose everything.
- It has been a time of personal revelation. Very powerful!
- The small village and the story of Bridget’s cottage. Unbelievably sad.
I always love this time of hearing what touched their hearts. It gives insight to those things that are hidden until someone decides to share special moments.
The theme we are going to use in Basingstoke is ‘Running the Race’. It fits wonderfully with where they are in their life right now. Are they going to continue the race with Christ and eternity as the goal? They can only do it with their eyes fixed on Jesus. Is anyone keeping them from the race? What is hindering them? Who is hindering them? We all have those things or people in our lives that turn us away from a relationship with Christ. Are we allowing it? If we want to be successful in this race will there be decisions that will be tough yet the best decision we might make? Separate, stop, don’t go that way, go this way. These students are truly talented wonderful young men and women. They have the potential to do great exploits that bring glory to God and who he created them to be. I pray they decide to ‘run that race’ that has been set before them. It will be hard. It will be fun. There will be disappointments and times of great satisfaction. There will be great friends that will come along side. There will be friends that maybe shouldn’t be friends. But I pray they become persevering overcomers ready to run and run hard. We read the following scriptures. Pray that their heart desires to get a crown that will last forever.
I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings. Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air.
1 Corinthians 9:23-26 (NIV)
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race emarked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter ofour faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Hebrews 12:1-2 (NIV)
(This is the one that gets me the most)
You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth
We are sad to leave Ireland early tomorrow morning, but I am excited for the team to experience Basingstoke and Winchester and to serve The Kings School. Pray for us to continue to be healthy and our hearts to be open to everything God has for us! (Pray we hear our alarms, we can’t miss our ferry ride to Wales, then our coach ride to Basingstoke)