Getting to Scotland was a bit of an adventure, but we did get there safe and sound. After missing our international flight out of the States, we were able to fly standby on the last flight out for the night. We made it to London Heathrow, and missed the connecting flight to Glasgow Scotland. They rebooked us to Edinburgh Scotland, which in the long run was better, seeing that the taxi ride was 25 minutes and not an hour! We got to the hotel with an hour or so before the opening dinner. After all of the trouble with the flights, we had no bags!! Yes, that is right, we went the next 3 days in the same clothes. I will say, I have never been so happy to see my suitcase in my life. It was like having a birthday at the age of 5!
The whole trip was just wonderful. One thing that struck me the most was walking past the graves or the markers on the side walks of the men and women who died for Christ. I will say that this trip caused my eyes to be opened even more to the reality of how great the cost is to be a follower of Christ. I do understand that not every person will have to die a martyr's death, but we must stand & fight for Christ no matter the cost. Coming away from this trip, my prayer is to be found faithful even to the end of my days.
The days were full of going to different places, lots of great conversations, and many wonderful memories were made. The weather was rather wet, sunny in the morning, rainy in the afternoon, and who knows what in the evening! The locals said 'That in Scotland, you can have all 4 seasons in one day!!'
Let me give you a few big highlights that I came away with:
1) For the opportunity to be able to attend a history tour like this one.
2) Walking where the founding fathers walked.
3) Hearing the God honoring talks given by, Mr. Phillips, Mr. Potter, Mr. Morecraft, and Mr. Gunn.
4) Singing hymns in a couple of different churches. What a joy it was to hear voices of praise lifted up to our Heavenly Father.
5) Trying new foods! (Yes, I did try Haggis, and if you don't know what it is, look it up on google!)
6) The bus rides gave many opportunities for conversation. I was very thankful for the
hours we had over the 2 weeks of being gone.
To be perfectly honest with you, I could sit here and type for many more hours telling of the many blessings from the Lord and showing the other 1000 plus pictures I did not post. For tonight, I am going to end this post here. I hope you enjoy this little window into the land of Scotland.
Until next time!
This is the Grass Market in Edinburgh, where many men and women were put to death for their reformed faith.
After the games were over, the men from our group went down to try their hand. It was so much fun to watch them throw the 50 lb. dumbbell, and the 86 lb. rock.
The Closing Dinner