London, City of History, and Pics of England
Trip Start Aug 25, 2008
18Trip End Oct 27, 2008
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Our whole time in England was so good. We were able to stay the full three weeks on the Ywam base in Harpenden, England. This is where Jason had done his DTS 6 years previous. We helped out mostly with work, but also quite a few times, including our 2nd to last evening there, I was privilidged to help in worship. We also got to fellowship and minister to one another quite a few times with our friends there...and some of the leadership. Both of us were able to spend much time relaxing as well, and spending lots of time reading, meditating, and just dwelling. And finally the time was full of reconnecting with good friends. It was a very good time.
Since my last update, I was able to go down to town once more, and spend time with the Muslim women and their children. It was an education, as I learned so much. But it was so cool because I've always had a heart for the Muslim nations, and this was definitely a start. They are so beautiful, but when I would try and tell the girls such, they would fiercely deny it. So many dont know anything about their worth. That broke my heart.
The last thing at Harpenden that we really felt strongly during our stay there, was intercession for the base and the whole region, especially the Christian Church. Many times the Lord would move upon us, revealing a little of His heart for this people. So many in the Church at a place where they are comfortable, but there is so so much more! It would awaken my heart to cry out for the more for them, that hunger and desperation would grow in the Church Body there...
Two days before we headed out to Scotland, my sister Sarah joined us. It was so great! We were so excited to see her, and it has been awesome having her here. This was her first trip oversees, and she is having a blast!! She got to rest up at the Ywam base, and meet all of our friends. Then we headed into the grand old city of London for a day of adventure.
London was a crazy city, and we saw only a smidgen of it! There is sooo much HISTORY there. It is amazing. It is a very crowded city, and definitely not one I would ever want to live in, but great to visit. We of course saw the most popular tourist attractions (what else do you do when you are a tourist for one day in a city like London?:-)). We started of with the London Bridge (singing the old nursery rhyme of course) and then followed that with the old wharf and then the Tower Bridge. The Tower Bridge was the main old way to get into London back in the day. (I am a history freak so this was all so enjoyable.) Then from there went across the bridge to the old Tower of London. Just seeing this centuries old building that housed all the old kings and queens way before the Palaces ever exsisted...where battle upon battle was fought, and so many famous martyrs (heretics) were held prisoner before their execution was an incredible feeling! (Does anyone remember the traitors gate from Robin Hood I believe it was? And the boat that entered it with the hostages? Or maybe it was another movie. Anyway, we saw it.)
We didnt enter the fortress though because well, it would have cost over a hundred dollars for the three of us to get in. Hahaha...London was especially overpriced!
After the Tower, we walked through the city and ate some famous Fish and Chips. Then continued on down to the beautiful St Pauls cathedral. Though I wonder what Paul thinks about this grand church in his name? I mean the life he lived is such a contradiction to the opulent wealth seen in the famous cathedral. Just a thought...
Continuing on, we walked along the river Thames for a while...got to see some old WWII monuments. Then the Eye, which is the biggest ferris wheel I have ever seen! Then on to Big Ben, the House of Parliament, and Westminster Abbey. Sarah wanted to go inside the Abbey and see where all the old famous people are buried, but that too was pretty expensive. So we contented ourselved at imagining their gravestones and starting up at the beautiful structure that is the church where so many of the Kings and Queens of England have attended. The House of Parliament and Big Ben was I believe my favorite thing in London. It was especially grand, and huge, and with all the gothic spires, imposing. Though Big Ben was in a funny way, almost lovable. I think its because as a child growing up you watch all this videos (way before dvds) with Big Ben in it, and get this fond affection for him as your most favorite clock tower in the entire world. It was very fun seeing him for real.
Finally we headed to Buckingham Palace for the changing and inspection of the guards. We couldnt help but crack up at the way they marched with their black fuzzy hats, but also it was very cool. Still, I dont think I would be afraid of them, except for their guns of course. The queen was in the Palace, but unfortunately she didnt make an appearance.
We ended the day with a nice long stroll through the park that is in front of the Palace. It is an absolutely stunning park, full of swans and ducks, willow trees, and then the changing of the leaves. The sun was setting over the Palace and reflecting in the still water of the lake. It was a very beautiful end to the day.
We spent the next day packing, saying our goodbyes, and then we were off to Scotland!