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“But our comely members have no need. But God has blended the body together, giving more abundant honor to the member that lacked.” 1 Corinthians 12:24

Day 3: A Taste of Louisiana

July 15th, 2012 Categories: blending..., eating... 4 comments

I wrote this at the end of my time in the USA this summer (although some students continued on to the College Training), on my way home. It was a wonderful time, and the Summer Training was also so refreshing and supplying. Hopefully I still remember enough of the Blending Trip (and have enough time) to share it with you in the coming days.

Day 3 (Thursday 21 June 2012)
Hey Y’all and I woke on Day 3 and were cherished with a lovely breakfast prepared by our hosts. We had sausages and eggs and biscuits (the American kind) and sweet melon – yum. After that we heading to the church in Baton Rouge meeting hall to meet all the other saints. Sir Wattsalot had acquired a new football – a real football that is, i.e. soccer ball for those from those parts :) – and those who spoke or sung the verse for the day had the honour of signing it with their new southern names.

Our verses for the day were Colossians 3:16-17. Anyone still remember it? :)

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to God.

And whatever you do in word or in deed, do all things in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

Swamp Exploration

The first activity of the day was to head out to Jean Lafitte, a national historical park and reserve, a.k.a. a swamp! We were joined by some local saints, and had an enjoyable time reading and singing on the journey to the swamp.

When we arrived, a park ranger gave us the safety orientation. I learnt two lessons:

  • I should not dangle my feet or hands over the boardwalk…
    …because they are the size of alligator prey (and gators are prone to latch on)
  • I should not wander off the trails…
    …because someone did that and was lost for four days (but at least he was found)

Very important lessons indeed! We then watched a short video about the Mississippi River, the swamps, and the lifestyle in the area, and then we were on our own to explore the swamps ourselves.

Day 2: A New (Southern) Name

July 2nd, 2012 Categories: blending... Be the first to comment

Day 2 (Wednesday 20th June 2012)

It was easy to get up in the morning after a good night’s sleep and a small amount of jetlag. After breakfast, the rest of our group began to arrive from their hospitality. Actually, one couple who had helped to coordinate the trip were unable to join us as a passport didn’t return on time from the visa office. Another sister was not joining us until later in the week, and a brother and sister had got stuck in Houston the previous evening when their flight was cancelled. (Funny story: their mother called the coordinating brother and thought they were in Dallas airport… but eventually the “rescue team”, the saints, worked out where they were and picked them up from the airport. They caught another flight to Jackson on Wednesday and joined us later in the day.

Down the Natchez Trace

In total, there are 13 of us from the UK (on this part of the trip), joining a couple from Jackson and a dear brother who used to be in Jackson as our drivers. After some introductions and getting to know one another, we hit the road, heading south to Louisiana. We drove down the Natchez Trace, stopping at Emerald Mound (the previous site of a native American Indian campground, and the current home of plenty of chiggers – more on those later!), and the Pig Out Inn in Natchez for lunch (where we also saw the Mississippi River).

Blending Trip on Emerald Mound


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Day 1: First Impressions of the Deep South

June 30th, 2012 Categories: blending... 3 comments

Day 1 (Tuesday 19th June 2012)

The US Blending Trip 2012 has now started! This year we are visiting Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas and finishing up in California. (Click here to read about our trip to California last summer)

The first day was pretty much spent travelling. I had an early morning start and a straightforward journey to the airport, where I met my sister and another sister, after they landed from their first flight from Edinburgh. The waiting time passed quickly, and looking back now, so did the flights themselves – two for me, and three for the others.

My travel companions

We touched down slightly late in Jackson from our American Eagle flight. Jackson is the capital of Mississippi (em-eye-double-ess-eye-double-ess-eye-double-pee-eye), and the airport is Jackson International Airport – yet as far as I understood only cargo planes fly internationally from Jackson. This was the first time I’ve been in an aircraft with just one seat, an aisle, and two seats, for each row. But it was actually a smoother flight and landing than the larger aircraft we flew prior to that!

At the airport we were warmly greeted by the local brother who was coordinating our trip, who had just met two other brothers who just arrived. Our host for the night came to pick us up, and we sisters were quickly whisked off – we would regroup with all the saints the next morning.

There is a church in Rome!

June 28th, 2012 Categories: blending..., reporting... 3 comments

The following report was written on 17th June 2012, as I was returning home from a glorious weekend in the church in Rome. Hallelujah! There were 561 saints from 29 countries gathered together this weekend to participate in the Italian Conference and the Resumption of the Lord’s Table in Rome. Praise the Lord!

A Lovely Person (Dublin Conference)

August 30th, 2011 Categories: blending..., enjoying..., reporting... 4 comments

I returned recently from the International Blending Conference in Dublin. Thank You Lord for another wonderful opportunity to be with the saints in Ireland!

It really felt like a sweet family time – there were about 100 saints there, and every meal time we were all invited to eat together at the nearby (8 minutes walk) church in Dublin meeting hall. I had hospitality with a family where there are three young people and many more at home in their home, and was very cherished by my time with them. The young people were full of life and energy, keeping me young both physically and in my spirit!

Dublin Conference 2011

A number of saints back in London were able to watch the entire conference at the FTTL training centre via Skype, and on two occasions were able to share their enjoyment after the meetings with us in Dublin. On the Lord’s day it was a blending meeting in district 9, with a number of nearby churches, so there were probably another 100 saints who were with us virtually.

The conference was on The Revelation of Christ in God’s Economy as Presented in Psalm 2, and if you read on, I’ll share three points I enjoyed from the five messages of the conference…