After two weeks away in the UK from January 29 to February 12, Rob and I have safely returned to Canadian soil.
It was very exciting to meet staff members in the UK as well as build relationships with three other MAF families heading to different bases in the African region. This was my (Karina) first trip to the UK, actually this was the farthest I've ever been away from home. I will report that I wouldn't want to travel on a plane that far any more pregnant than I was! The kids had a good time with my family on the island. They bonded well and I'm pretty sure Rob and I missed them more than they missed us! However, they were very excited to see us return home.
MAF rented time at Ashburnham Place in a small town called Battle in the southern part of the UK. Ashburnham Place is a Christian Retreat Center and much of it is run by volunteer teens from around the world.
Even though the training course was intense and we felt we were at "information overload" by the end, it was a great time of refreshing and re-grouping. As difficult as it was to leave the kids behind, it was a special time to away be together.
Thank you to all who were praying for their adjustment to having us gone, and safety and health. The Lord was gracious to answer all of our prayers!
|In London: which we toured a bit on our day off.|
|St. Paul's Cathedral|
|Inside of the Natural History Museum in London|
|This was a framed timeline of the Vicars that served at Ashburnham church.|
|Inside of the church on Ashburnham Place - date built 1667|
|Straight ahead is the kitchen and dining rooms, and on either side are the accommodations we stayed in.|
|Another picture of the church|
|We enjoyed a really nice walk on the one sunny day we experienced :)|
|The main building at Ashburnham Place|
|City center of Battle|