Saturday September 29, 2018

2 Peter 1:10 Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall.

Today we woke up a little later than normal, I think for us adults we were nursing a bit of a hangover, but the kids sprung out of bed at 7:00, waaaaayyyyy too early given they went to bed at midnight. This was going to be a long day, especially since we were needing to continue with packing and cleaning the house. Later in the afternoon we met up with Susi, René, and Emma for a tour of Solpark, the salt factory, where Susi works, that has been a part of the town’s history since the 1500’s. This was a very fun day.

Then back home to help Birgit, and other folks from the church, make the soup for tomorrow’s Ernterdankfest after church (Johannes’ pumpkin soup). Then dinner with the Hoffman’s to an amazing, little restaurant near their home for some traditional German food; it was incredible!

 

I still can’t believe our time here is ending—it just seems like yesterday that we were meandering around the town trying to figure out what was happening!

In addition to all of this, we are also preparing for our Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow night at Birgit and Johnannes’ house. Our plan was to cook a turkey, but since we couldn’t find a turkey, we are roasting a duck. We have several sides to go with it: sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, gravy, rolls, and stuffing made from fresh bread. This was quite a feat since we will still need to finish packing and then get ready for our early train ride on Monday morning.

This passage reminds me why we are here and how much more we still need to do on our journey. God has not only called us to Schönebeck, but He has also called us to Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, Kenya, and Romania, so we must be diligent and continue on this journey and find ways to embrace the sadness that comes when you leave people you love because this journey has a purpose, His purpose.

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