A day of rest in London

Trip Start Jan 13, 2013
Trip End Feb 04, 2013

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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Saturday I slept in and felt quite a bit more rested. I'm still coughing, but feel better. I had a late breakfast and had some time for study and preparation before heading off to King’s Cross-St Pancras which is the tube station closest to the hall reserved for services. I had a look at St Pancras station which is quite beautiful; some artists feel it’s the most beautiful railway station ever built. It is very striking both on the exterior and in the interior. I walked about five minutes to the hall and was early, so since it was quite cold out, I ducked into a coffee shop around the corner to have a cup of something warm and wait. Just as I sat down, the Johnsons walked in; they were in the same situation. They and their family members have spent many FOT’s in France with us so they’re really old friends. We caught up on the news of our families and discussed the situation in the Church in the UK and internationally.

After we finished our coffee we walked around the corner just as everyone was arriving. We made our way upstairs as the setup was underway. Travel is not easy in the London area, something to which I can attest. It is much more complicated, expensive and time-consuming than Paris by way of comparison. Not everyone was able to make the trip into central London, so attendance was about 20, a little more than half the total number.

Mr. Peter Hawkins took the sermonette time and gave a audio-visual walk-through demonstration of what our LifeHopeandTurth.com website has to offer. It is quite encouraging to see.

Then I spoke on the importance of keeping our focus on the message of the gospel: the Kingdom of God. After services we had a cup of tea and some snacks and talked until we ran out of time in the hall. It was good to meet some members here I had not previously met as well as a number of old friends.

A group of us went out to dinner in a modern Indian restaurant in Camden Town, just north of where we had met. It was a delicious meal and the conversation was encouraging and enlightening.

Around 9:00 some needed to leave for their relatively long journeys home. I only had four stops on the tube to reach my hotel, which was convenient. I’m feeling quite a bit better thought my appetite is not back yet, which isn’t really a bad thing….

Tomorrow will be my last day in London. I hope to shoot some more useful video and photos to wrap up the work on this trip.
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Tess Washington on

Good to see Mr. & Mrs. Hawkins and the other brethrens in this part of the world! The LHT website is and will be a great tool for proclamation of God's gospel! Our world is truly converging in many respects like food...Indian food in London and being enjoyed by you & our English brethrens...Good that you feel better after a goodnight rest & sleep! Please take care of that cough...the flu bug is going around...Our thoughts & prayers are for your good health & safe trip wherever you go!

Mary Hendren on

Hi Joel,

It is nice to see the photos of friends at services and to read about the pleasant Sabbath you enjoyed. What a beautiful train station! I am more appreciative of the challenges in traveling into town for services, even the number of stops back to your hotel. The ability to meet with friends is something for which to be grateful.


Larry Salyer on

Hi Joel,
I've only been able to catch a couple of your blogs this trip, but really appreciate what you do. Good to see the London brethren. Travel safely and get well.

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