Archive for March, 2009

London Journal – Monday, March 23, 2009
March 26, 2009

Just a few more lines.

We went to Heathrow Airport, Terminal 5, which is the newest terminal. We had breakfast at The Giraffe restaurant, which has a sculpture of three life-size giraffes in the center of the room.

JoLene walked through Harrods store and saw a purse for 375 British pounds, or $525. I smiled as I thought about how it would look if this expense were to show up on our business expense sheet. NO, she did not buy the purse.

At this time the British pound is equal to $1.40, which is an exchange rate far more favorable to Americans than the rate when we first went to London in February 2008.

On the plane ride home I finished reading Walk in the Light and Twenty-three Tales by Leo Tolstoy. More about that in a future blog.

On this trip JoLene read, among other things, The Secret Things of God by Henry Cloud.

And so we are home again. Thanks for following our adventures and for praying for us. We felt that we made major progress in our contacts and in the issues we dealt with.

Our next trip abroad will be in May.

Peace to all.

London Journal – Sunday, March 22, 2009
March 26, 2009

Today is Mothering Sunday, or Mother’s Day, in England – maybe in all of Great Britain. We saw all kinds of beautiful flowers for sale at the shops yesterday and today.

We went with Judy and their son Jason to Harrow International Christian Church, the church she normally attends – and Jay does, too, when his speaking schedule allows. The building, on a main street, is narrow but four stories tall.

London Journal – Saturday, March 21, 2009
March 26, 2009

As you can see, this post is appearing days after the day it is describing! But my schedule has kept me busy with other things until now.

On Saturday we met with one of our team members at the cafe at Roundwood Park for the usual agenda – administrative plans and spiritual direction.

Then we went by bus (so slow compared to the Underground) to Notting Hill, an area of upscale homes and apartments. Here are two scenes along Basset Road.

London Journal – Friday, March 20, 2009
March 21, 2009

Somewhere in our travels this week I came across this commentary on life: Every problem has its price, but if you worry about it, you pay double.

In an earlier blog I mentioned flowering trees. Here is one at a church two blocks from out hotel.

London Journal – Thursday, March 19, 2009
March 20, 2009

Today was a long, full day.

I started with office work. Then Elias Moyo came to have tea and conversation at the New Atlas Cafe (a Greek restaurant) one block from our hotel. You may recall that Elias is originally from Zimbabwe, has been here in UK for 29 years as a church planter, and has also started a small theological college to train pastors and church leaders.

He talked with passion about the need for more church planting in UK. “Britain is a key nation. Yes, send missionaries to other places, but send more here, too.” He mentioned several challenges he is facing. We prayed together.

Then, back to the hotel for a Skype conference call to the Administrative Cabinet in Grantham, PA.

Then off to Judy Smith’s home for supper, conversation, administrative issues and prayer.

Back at the hotel, more office work completed the day.

London Journal – Wednesday 18, 2009
March 19, 2009

In an earlier blog I mentioned flowers in bloom. Here’s another one, from Jay and Judy’s back yard although we see them at many places.


I don’t know what plant this is. Do you?

London Journal – Tuesday, March 17, 2009
March 17, 2009

Today, morning and afternoon, I spent in office work. I will spare you the details.

We did take our usual heart-health walk to Roundwood Park. From the top of the hill you have a clear view of Wembly Stadium.

London Journal – Monday, March 16, 2009
March 16, 2009

As part of my experience of Lent I am reading the stories of Jesus’ suffering and death in the gospels. Today I read from Matthew about Jesus’ prayer of submission to the Father, in the Garden of Gethsemane, and his warning to the sleeping disciples and me, “The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”

In addition to office work we went to the London Wetland Centre, located in the southwest part of the city, along the Thames River.

London Journal – Sunday, March 15, 2009
March 15, 2009

We left early today because this is the last day for the special exhibit at the British Museum on Babylon: Myth and Reality. A few tickets would be available for those who showed up early (9:00 am) and waited in line.

We got there; we waited; we got tickets for entry at 12:30 pm.

London Journal – On Lent
March 14, 2009

Since we are in the season of Lent, my mind is drawn repeatedly to this admonition and encouragement:

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set befoe him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Consider him who endured such oppostiion from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
Hebrews 12:2-3