On our return home from India, Crystal, Rachel and I had a "cool down" period with a stopover in England. Pastor Donovan and Laura Bangs, who live and serve in the Cambridge area outside of London, were our hosts. And gracious, delightful hosts they were...along with their almost two year old son, Max, who I nicknamed "Tank."
We enjoyed the Sunday worship service (ahh...all in English!). The girls helped Laura with Children's Church, while I enjoyed the adult service. Pastor Bangs is an excellent preacher. We enjoyed fellowship after-wards with church members, some of whom are converts of Pastor Bangs' ministry.
The girls commented that Pastor Bangs has a harder job than the pastors in India. In many ways that is true. The spiritual climate in England is so cold, with churches closing all over the country. Yet Pastor Bangs has remained faithful to his calling, even while missionaries in this country are continually leaving. I am proud of him.
Another great preacher began his ministry in this area of England.
Laura treated us to morning tea at a quaint shop near Ely Cathedral, complete with traditional English scones and clotted cream.
And then in the afternoon, a scrumptious repast, which included a memorable, steaming hot and delicious bowl of "Spicy Parsnip Soup" for me.
We were served by church members inside an out-of-the way restaurant located within the walls of Emmanuel Congregational Church, founded in 1687. Amazing spiritual heritage!
And the massive Fitzwilliam Museum of Cambridge was exceptional! Kind of a small scale Louvre.
The well known Cambridge Market was enjoyable. I love all the flower, fruit and vegetable markets in European cities. Rachel liked the Cambridge sweatshirt she bought there!
I was encouraged to see a Christian witness at Cambridge University.
In my next post, I'll show pictures from our day in London...thanks to Laura Bangs. And to Donovan, who babysat with Max so we could have a girls day-out. Our day in London was for Crystal and Rachel. Going out and about in Cambridge was for me. And I loved every minute of the adventure!