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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

To London & Back in 4 Days

Rob had the privilege of traveling to London last Sunday to meet with some of the MAF staff at the UK Headquarters for Operations for the Africa region. Truly a whirlwind trip! He left Sunday evening and arrived home on Thursday afternoon. On Tuesday however there was time to see a few of London's sights. For not ever traveling across the Atlantic, he couldn't go to London without trying to see something. The purpose for this trip was to interview and evaluate Rob for the position of Chief Engineer in Madagascar. We are very pleased to announce that MAF has accepted Rob for this position and our family is now officially Madagascar bound!!!

This is a little section of town in Ashford, UK--about a half hour train ride south of London. The UK operations office is located here in Ashford.
A church in Ashford
Big Ben, in London of course. It was very nice that it was sunny during the only day that Rob had to see some sights!
The Eye
Rob remarked how narrow their streets were.
London Bridge
City Hall in London
Buckingham Palace
Green Park
The British Royal Museum
Outside of the British Royal Museum
The Rosetta Stone, which Rob seemed pretty excited to see.
This is a chair made of gun parts. This is part of an Africa display and all the guns used were traded in by the locals for tools.
And a tree sculpted from gun parts as well.

7 comments:

Kathy September 28, 2010 at 8:28 PM  

So special, Rob and Karina!!! London looks wonderfuly familiar to me after our two journeys there and how thrilling to hear you will be headed as Chief Engineer and family to Madagascar!!!!!! Wow! Thanking the Lord! Wouldn't Doug be so pleased! (Actually, he probably knows all about this!) Love you guys! Praying for you!

Maria September 28, 2010 at 9:01 PM  

Finally a strong enough connection here inZambia for me to see the pictures. You took in a lot Rob. Congratulations and may God continue to guide. As I sit on the other side of the world from you and realize this situation will soon be reversed I recognise there is a cost. We will miss each other andyour family, Karina, will especially miss their only grandchildren. However, God is in it and we will continue to trust Him and rejoice in His leading. He will . Knowing you are all following His call will ease the separation.

Josh and Jocelyn R. Plett October 1, 2010 at 9:06 AM  

wow. great pictures! jealous that Rob got to see some of London while he was there. When we were in England for facts and friction we didnt see much other than the countryside around... that place we stayed at. LOL. Now that you're officially becoming part of the team we're anxious for you all to get here... but we've been told there's still a lot of waiting. sigh. anyway, enjoy the time until then. I suppose i should start watering "your" backyard so it's not all dead by the time you do get here. :-) How's the friend raising going?

Nick and Jocelyn October 3, 2010 at 6:25 AM  

Looks like he was able to do lots of touring! Hope you are doing well!!!

Melissa-Ann October 4, 2010 at 6:58 PM  

Oh for the day that I too can go tour London!! for hopefully longer than 1 day of sightseeing! lol ;0)
Rob sure packed in some of the best sights for such a short trip. What a great experience!
Congrats on officially getting Madagasgar.
In our school this morning I showed Rebecca where it was and told her that's where you were going. We were doing a mapbook and today was on the continent of Africa.

Rob and Karina Barber October 4, 2010 at 9:39 PM  

Cool Melissa! I hope homeschooling is going well for you guys. We haven't done anything 'official' yet for school. I have all of my preschool material, but I just can't get going on it right now. Take care! Maybe you and Rebecca can teach us something about Madagascar! :)

Amanda October 9, 2010 at 5:59 PM  

Wow he was busy in London! So great to hear he got the job he wanted. So Excited to hear how your adventures unfold. xo