At the Spensers

Trip Start Jun 10, 2007
Trip End Jun 29, 2007

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Saturday, June 16, 2007

This is Sabbath morning and Bruce has slept in. Stanley and I got up about 6:30 and had coffee and talked a few more hours. Then Brigitta prepared breakfast and Stanley took us into Gothenburg for our trip to Mjölby to be with the Spenser's. Saxin's daughter Elin went on the 10:02 train to Mjolby.  We couldn't quite get ourselves together for that one and took the 12:02 Gothernburg-Stockholm Intercity Express with connections to Mjölby.  After we arrive in Mjolby, we will have a Bible Study at the Spenser's home. 
When Bruce and I get off the express train at Halsburg, A young lady behind me taps me on the shoulder and beams a big smile.  It's Elin Saxin!  She was to have gone earlier on to Mjolby.  What's she doing here?  She tells us that she got off at the wrong station on the express and had to wait for another train to get here.  Now, we're both waiting for our train.  So, we have company!  We're glad.  We had wanted to go with Elin from the beginning of this route.  We sat and talked for the next hour train ride.  She is very talkative and expressive. 
At exactly 3:37 pm we arrive in Mjolby.  Paul Spenser comes to meet us and take us back to his home which is about one mile away.  We're at his house in minutes.  It's great to see his wife Kira. The twin boys Isaak and Aaron have really grown and then the little Viktoria I see for the first time.  The last time I was here was one year ago with Beverly.
We went for a walk to K ira's mother Mariana who lived less than a mile away.  Then we had dinner at Spenser's and finally we held a Bible Study where I spoke about the importance of joy and rejoicing which are mentioned 288 times in the Bible.  I did the Bible Study first and then we had an interactive discussion.  We continued to talk until about 12:30 am. 
Earlier at 8:00 PM (which is 2:00 PM Eastern time) I listened to the webcast of our Lafayette church services.  It was Youth Day back home and I listened to Tom Peine give thanks and tribute to the students and teachers.  He did a very nice job.  He then gave a shocking announcement about the sudden death of one of our members Ron Fry who was going through radiation and chemotherapy. He died the day before.
Sunday we will go sightseeing and see some interesting Swedish countryside and history.
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tdp on

Tom Peine
I'm so glad your traveling companion is such an asset. It was a real treat to honor the youth today. I think everyone enjoyed the day. The meal afterwards had the theme of foods kids love. It included a tray of racecars made from strawberries with blueberry wheels. They even had flags. One cake had a blue jello lake in the middle with a slide. The balloons and different colored tablecloths really brightend up the room.

victorkubik on

Re: Tom Peine
It was so good to hear from you. I listened to the Service here at 8 pm on the Webcast and heard your presentation and honoring the youth, teachers and students. It was really well done and I felt very much there with all of you. I was so shocked to hear about the death of Ron Fry. Bev filled me in all what happened in email. We're going to have an easier day Sunday as the Spenser's and Kira's parents are going to show some scenic and historic sites to Bruce and me here in central Sweden. Great to hear from you!!

rosehill on

visit with Paul and Kira
Good morning - it is Sunday morning here.
Hello to Paul, Kira, and children.
During your visit there - I'm sure that you will give an update on Kira. Sure hope she is recovering more quickly now.
It looks beautiful there - maybe if we can't go to the Ukraine with you, we could go to Scandinavia sometime. :)
Have a good trip - and we will see the Spencer family soon at the Feast and will look forward to meeting some of the other brethren from that part of the world too.
Gail and Karen.

mkubik on

Hello from Home!!
Hi Dad -

Glad to see that the trip is going well. I love seeing the pictures and reading the stories. Please say hello to Paul, Kira and the kids. We're looking forward to seeing them in Estonia

rc45 on

Paul and Kira's house
Hello to all. It is really nice to read all your entries as you travel to see all the brethren. As I mentioned in a previous comment the Doh's are looking forward to your visit with them. I was thrilled to meet one of Margaret Doh's sisters and her family in Raleigh N.C. at Sabbath services yesterday. Thomas talked about your upcoming visit with the Doh's this morning with me one a telephone conversation we had. Margaret Doh's sister is Esther and her husband is Thomas Thaw Thi Ko. I know Paul and Kira that you are really enjoying having Vic,Bruce and Erin visit with you. Will try to chat with you again soon. I know your mother is also enjoying having their company.
Reggie Warren

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