Archive for December, 2010

Photos from London
December 26, 2010

Here are some photos to illustrate my trip to London on December 13-20, 2010.

Goodbye, London Snow
December 22, 2010

Chris Sharp and I kept busy every day and evening through Sunday, December 19, with appointments and team meetings. We felt we accomplished a lot in clarifying issues and planning for the future.

Many thanks to all our friends who prayed for us during this time.

On Saturday, December 18, London had a beautiful snow, and uncharacteristically, the temperature stayed cold, so the snow stayed. This made havoc at the airports, which were shut down partially or totally for Saturday and Sunday.

On Monday, Heathrow allowed several flights to proceed, and our flight was one of those, so soon after noon (three hours later than scheduled) we were in the air. We learned later that the window of allowing flights lasted only about six hours, maybe seven, and then closed again, so we were incredibly blessed to be on our way home.

The poignant human drama was this: as we entered Heathrow Terminal 4, hundreds of stranded passengers were lying on the floor, finishing their night’s “sleep” and waiting for word on their flights. The airport authority decided to honor the existing passenger lists for Monday morning’s flights, so we threaded our way through the waiting passengers, some of whom had been there for two nights if they didn’t have enough money to go to a hotel, went to the ticket desk and were processed without a hitch. Life is not fair….

London is to get snow again on Wednesday and Thursday, so who knows when the stranded passengers will get to their destinations?

But as for me, by 7:30 Monday evening I was home, safe and sound.

I hope to get some time to post some photos of the London experience, but for now I have stacks of work to tackle.

By the way, today, Wednesday, December 22, JoLene and I celebrate our 45th wedding anniversary. You can see how important it was for me to get home!

Here in London
December 17, 2010

Friday, December 17, 2010

Here I am in London. I arrived on Tuesday with Chris Sharp, the Executive Director of Brethren in Christ World Missions. We have rooms at the Hollingbury Hotel in Harlesden, the place where I usually stay.

We are here for one week, to work on review and planning with our team of missionaries. Three of the team members were home in North America for several months for home ministry and for the resolution of visa complications. The three have now returned, so this is a good time for review and planning for the future.

Speaking of visas, our organization in U.K. now has approval to grant certificates that allow our workers to apply for and receive visas as ministers of religion, so it appears that our visa difficulties are now behind us.

For several reasons JoLene stayed home this trip.

The days are filled from early to late with appointments and meetings, except that today has some time in the morning and afternoon to work on emails and other office projects.

At noon today we had a beautiful and brief snow storm. By 1:30 the sun came out.

Thanks for your prayers.