Let's see, when I left you it was wednesday evening and we were singing that night at GMC. They also fed us a wonderful dinner! (seems like all we do is eat!) But, fueled up, it was an amazing concert! It was also a bittersweet time as Glenn and Peggy shared their thanks and gratitude to the people of GMC for their love and support. We sang for about an hour and a half, ending with the GMYouth Choir coming to join us as we sang "Deep." A truly lively, lovely night!
Several of us were switching host families that night so met and loaded up. After all we had done that day, wow ... what a way to cap our day.
Thursday, July 2
Thursday we toured around Belfast. We started at Belfast Castle, and went on to the Church of the Holy Cross and to St. Anne's Cathedral where they have the largest celtic cross in Europe (maybe in the world!) It was lovely to walk around the cathedral. Then we drove through some of the areas that were "hot spots" during the troubled times. Several of the areas still have barbed and razor wire topped fences. In downtown Belfast, we saw where, near the city hall, there were places where people would have been stopped and searched. There is a great deal of renewal going on, new developments and such. Then it was time to shop! Whew, there were some pretty warm visa cards ... :)
Thursday evening we sand a concert at Jennymount Methodist Church. Jennymount is an urban church in Belfast that is right near where a great deal of the conflict took place. They fed us a wonderful dinner of Irish stew and pie to fuel us up. Once again, the Holy Spirit showed up to aid us as we sang. We heard amazing testimonies, had great music ... and, I hope, touched the lives of some of those listening!
Today, Friday, some of the guys went to play golf ... others of us have had a lazy "lie-in" morning. The wedding is early this afternoon, and later this afternoon we will tour CarrickFergus Castle. It is hard to imagine that a week has passed!