Monday, October 4, 2010

England 9-11 10/2-4

Saturday we went to Edinburgh, Scotland. We sent to the Castle of Edinburgh which was so beautiful and fun. Also on the streets of Edinburgh there were bagpipe players EVERYWHERE. It was so cool. I was freaking out. I got a picture with one of them. It was great. We also had a tour guide of Edinburgh by this pastor who gave us a Christian history tour. Did you know that the grave of John Knox is now "parking spot number 23". They put a parking spot on top of his grave! There is this little square box which is left from the memorial that used to be there for him.  The memorial is now in the church that is next door. That's a prime example of how Christianity is viewed in their culture.  Just build something on top of it and soon it will be forgotten. I hope and pray that we can prevent that from coming to America.
Sunday we went to church in Lancaster and then shopped there awhile which was fun. I bought a scarf. :)
Today has been mostly a homework day, but some Christian Heritage people came today and will be teaching us some. About what specifically I will say later when I know more.
Now the best for last:
Friday on the train ride back from Scotland we met this Muslim family.  One of our boys decided to talk to them and for the whole two hour trip he and mainly the father were debating the Christianity and Islam. As the trip went on more of us joined and there were about 6 of us talking with this family. The beautiful thing was that it was completely controlled by God. A prime example would be that he said something about 9/11 that we did not agree with at all, but the Holy Spirit held ALL our tongues and we did not let our politics affect our witness. We moved on and had a very friendly discussion.  He asked us questions and we asked him questions. The funny thing was that they kept trying to change the topic and we would follow that for awhile, but then ask another question. We could not be wavered. Thanks be to God. We learned a lot and I hope he did too. I praise God for the training we've had at my Christian school to be able to talk with him the way we did and for the opportunity to do so. I think we would have made our Bible teachers proud, but most of all I believe we made God proud for we were his vessels in communicating truth in love while unashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
That was probably the highlight of the trip so far. If you want to know details you can comment or email me and I'll tell you more in depth the conversations we had.
Tomorrow we start the Christian Heritage stuff and continue with school work. Thursday we leave for London. Once Thursday hits I think this trip is going to fly even faster than it already has.
Those of you praying: Internet. internet internet internet. We have to finish all our school work before Thursday because after that point we will have very little time to work on it. In fact as I type this the internet just went away again... (probably the 3rd time this has happened today)
Pray that we will finish strong, learn a lot and enjoy the last few days we have here.


Robin @ Be Still and Know said...

OK, a new wrinkle in my brain. I just had to do a google search for John Knox!


Sarah said...

I'm glad you loved Scotland. Someday we will go together and find my ancestral grounds :)