Wednesday, 7 May 2008
Day 4: anyone got any wingmirrors for a ford transit?
I think I need to start this blog with the story of the tent. We arrived in Cloughjordan, Tipperary at around 11pm. We were exhausted, Ali had been driving for about 3 hours and we all just wanted to get to bed. We were kindly looked after and cared for by Shane and Christy Tucker (Church of Ireland Youth Department). They have a lovely home and great hearts for the Lord. We were really blessed by their hospitality. The girls got a room in the house and the three lads were camping in a tent in the garden. After lots of laughter and mistakes we eventually got our tent pitched around 1am. We were exhausted but praising God for safe travel, inspiring meetings and great fellowship.
We woke early this morning and after breakfast, some good time chatting with Shane, we packed up and headed for Galway via the Cliffs of Moher. The roads were awful and not really suitable for vans, not to mention the craziness of the local drivers. Within the space of a couple of hours we lost both wing mirrors. The final score was Ali 1 Steve 1. So if anyone has a contact who could help Youth for Christ get two new wing mirrors let me know.
The Cliffs of Moher were amazing. They were so stunning. If you have never been across to see this place it is definately worth it. We had a really cool time their and finished with a BBQ down at the shore.
We arrived in Galway tonight about 8pm and got our stuff into our room. I had wanted to meet with Naomi, a Youth for Christ worker here in the city, but God had also put Alice Dawson, a girl from the north studying down here on my heart. Amazingly I was able to reach her and she, along with Naomi were able to meet us and spend the night telling us about their lives and ministry here in Galway. Hopefully we were able to encourage them, but to be honest they encouraged us so much. God has created these guys with such tremendous capacity for the things of the Kingdom. They don't seem to lose heart, they have such deep passion for Jesus, despite being part of a Christian Union with only 15-20 people in a University of 16,000! They shared story after story of how God is working here and they taught us a lot about the context for missions here in the west. We are praising God for this meeting tonight, it was a divine appointment, in a pub of all places.
Another amazing day of journey, relationship and connection. Onward and upward...
Steve (Ali is too busy replying to all his emails, he has so many fans! Pete is currently writing the blog for Friday...he needs a couple of days notice!