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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 11: These are they

August 2nd, 2011 Categories: blending... 1 comment

Day 11 (Saturday 2nd July 2011)
Day 11 was a big day for 105 saints – it was the Full-Time Training in Anaheim graduation! Praise the Lord! I really enjoyed their presentation of following the Lamb. Who is this Lamb? The Lamb is our Lord Jesus Christ, the one who accomplished redemption for us, and who is now both enthroned in the heavens and also in our spirit!

These are they who have not been defiled with women, for they are virgins. These are they who follow the Lamb wherever He may go. These were purchased from among men as firstfruits to God and to the Lamb.

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Day 10: Chilling out (together)

August 1st, 2011 Categories: blending... 1 comment

After returning to London, overcoming jetlag and getting back to work, my blending trip memories were already beginning to fade – and that was before I went to Poland! But by now I think you should have realised we were having an awesome time, enjoying the Lord together and with the saints we visited :) I was aiming to complete this series of blog posts before the European Young People’s Conference and before my memory went completely… so I managed to write but not post, and here they are!

Day 10 (Friday 1st July 2011)
After a pleasant overnight stay at our hotel in Santa Clarita, it was time to pack up and move out again, although we were to stay in the area for most of the day. The group split into two, with the majority going to the Magic Mountain theme park. I was among those who opted not to – I’m just not one for being spun around, and our alternative activities provided enough adrenaline for me ;)

Quinta Hotel group photo from TL


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Day 9: A fresh start, every day

July 22nd, 2011 Categories: blending... 2 comments

Throughout the entire blending trip I enjoyed having my time with the Lord each morning. The Lord was always so fresh and available, ready to energise and supply me for the whole day. Sometimes we go away on a ‘holiday’ and come back feeling like we need another one! But after this blending trip (and the summer training), I came back feeling so rested and refreshed, and I really think it was because of all the normal days, simply touching the Lord!

It is Jehovah’s lovingkindness that we are not consumed,
For His compassions do not fail;
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.

Day 9 (Thursday 30th June 2011)
It was no different on Day 9 in San Francisco, where I was able to get up early enough to take a shower, spend some time with the Lord, and even touch base with the saints I serve with in London. I actually had to do some work remotely at this point, but thank You Lord for computers, phones (and particularly T’s phone), free wifi at Starbucks and Mc Donald’s, and the patient saints who allowed me the few minutes I needed to connect!

And then, it was time to hit the road again. The brothers picked us up, and then we headed off to Berkeley to join the rest of the group. The vans were loaded up, and we were off! Destination: Unknown!

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