It is astonishing to imagine that our tour is already halfway done. It literally seems like yesterday that we boarded the London coaches and taking a brief tour of the city. (I will miss the comfortable coach buses.) Right now we are on the Ulysses ferry and traveling to the enchanting land of Ireland. Like being on the Titanic, each passenger can experience: the fresh air and taste of the salty sea on their lips, the cinema (where a Bible study will be held soon), a shopping center, and food options to satisfy every level of hunger.
This morning we said and sang a tearful good-bye to our Bamford host families after the two nights we spent with them and making several personal connections. The Christian fellowship was shown in every way imaginable. At the concert last night the choir had the honor to sing for the city mayor and his wife, as well as a member of Parliament. (We were told to keep our eyes out for an article in the local paper.) The performance was very moving for audience and choir members alike; it was remarkable being able to feel the power of the Holy Spirit work in the hearts of so many.
Yesterday, the choir split into two groups to determine how they would spend their day. Option #1: Travel to Liverpool and take a tour of the Beatles. Option # 2: Visit the Dunham Massey House. I did the Dunham Massey tour; and it was like something you would read about in a Jane Austen novel. The gardens were amazing; and the weather could not have been more perfect. Some members of the choir, when touring the house, even got to play a beautiful antique piano.
Thursday and Friday were spent in Cambridge and Stratford-Upon-Avon. In Stratford, several people went to see at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre As You Like It; and it was an unforgettable experience. The take was kind of modern with a few musical components. Between doing that and touring Shakespeare?s birthplace/burial place, our respects were paid to the playwright.
All in all, everyone is enjoying the tour and will return with enough pictures to prove it. Dr. Nowack, Dorothy, and the tour leaders are doing a wonderful job of keeping the choir organized and help make every event run smoothly. I hope and pray to be able to come back to England someday, there are just so many things to experience.