-We got to spend lots of time with most everyone in the church. Made me more hungry to get back over there and be able to spend more time building those relationships :)
-We had a family adventure day going to Liverpool. SK's dreams came true since she got to ride a double decker bus (which she had been requesting since the first time she saw one at the beginning of our trip) and we rode a train in to Liverpool. SK would say this was her favorite day I think. We walked all around Liverpool seeing the Metropolitan Cathedral (which was massive!) and the "bombed out church" as we call it. We had a really great day there!
-We got to check out 2 Primary schools in Culcheth and meet with the head teacher at each. This was really great in getting SK excited for going to school there. She loved the schools.
I am sure there is stuff I am missing, but I will blame it on the jet lag.
Overall the trip was amazing. It was helpful. And it was eye opening in a lot of ways. It really gave us a glimpse into what life will be like once we move here. We learned how to go about everyday life including buying groceries, cooking (meaning getting used to a different kitchen and finding ingredients that might have different names here--like courgette...anyone know what that is???), getting around via the bus and train on our own, figuring out the pound. We learned so much.
We got to see and talk with many people in the church. We saw even more the massive need for workers in Culcheth. Our hearts grew in our longing more and more to be with this church and serve there. The Lord is at work there for sure and it was amazing to see how he is at work.
Pray for the church there. Pray that they will be able to find a chef for the cafe soon. Bruce (one of the elders) is currently playing the role of chef and that is taking him away from being able to do much shepherding and discipling which is where he longs to be. Trace is away (the other elder) and the church feels the loss of not having the Donahoo's there.
Pray for us as we raise our funds to get there. Pray that the funds come quickly and we can get there by March. But also pray that we enjoy this time here in AL (and where all of our travels take us) and our time meeting with people and churches. It can be tiring (to be honest), but also so encouraging.
After I get over the jet lag, I hope blog more....for now I am off to eat an early breakfast :) Yesterday I was awake at 2 a.m. and today Michael and I woke at 4. That means it's getting better right? We are thankful the girls are doing well so far with the change in time.
Alright, I will leave you with some pics and be back soon for more blogging!
(This last photo is a church-turned-home in Culcheth)