Thursday, 13 June – Midlands & Liverpool
We met Missionary Roger Tooley at the hotel and he took us to several places associated with William Carey, who has been aptly called the “Father of Modern Missions.” We went to Kettering and saw the building where he worked as a shoe cobbler and then the building right across the street where he and several other pastors including Andrew Fuller first met to form the missionary society that would send him out.
Then, we drove to Moulton and saw the church where he first pastored, the house where he and Dorothy lived, and many interesting things from his life. It was incredible to think about all the souls that were saved as a result of this man’s decision to follow the Lord and do His will.
Next, we went to Olney where the team toured a museum about the life of John Newton, the converted slave-trader who wrote Amazing Grace, and William Cowper, the famous hymn-writer. We did some shopping in Olney and then ate lunch. Then we drove about 3.5 hours to Liverpool, where we ate dinner and boarded the overnight ferry to Belfast.
We had a great time of devotions and sharing how God spoke to us through the trip. It was so encouraging to hear the feedback from the group about how God touched them all deeply through the trip.
Friday, 14 June – Belfast & Travel Home
We tried to sleep some on the eight-hour, overnight ferry and arrived into Belfast at about 6 am. After a stop for breakfast, I dropped them off at Belfast International Airport and returned home. It was a great trip. It opened our eyes to the need for the gospel, to what God can do through those will surrender to Him, and to His plan for our lives. We planned the trip, but only God can give us vision, which He mostly certainly did! Thank you for praying.