As told by Elise Whorton from Team Armacost: Hands down, London is one of the most interesting cities in the world. We started this morning with training done by Ben and Judy Armacost. They gave us some tools to use when we interact with people and engage in spiritual conversations. We also learned about the different kinds of disciples and how each category lives out there faith in relation to the great commission. Even this morning, I did not know what kind of evangelism we would be engaging in. However, the confidence and experience that Ben and Judy have is comforting and impressive. During the training period, they were also able to tell us more of their personal stories and past experiences. It was nice to learn about them as Missionaries and even learn from their mistakes.
After a very yummy lunch of sandwiches and cake, we boarded a bus and headed downtown. I found it very strange to get on a bus and have goal that was greater than getting from point A to point B. I have never looked so intentionally at other people around me.
At home, I know the people who do not have a relationship with God. Here, it is a guess and check process. The first man we talked to was named Steve. He was a street cleaner and a very nice man. When the conversation headed towards spiritual matters, I begin to wonder what he thought of us. However, the conversation wasn’t able to become super deep, before we left the Twelve House. Ben and Judy did tell us that it isn’t often that somebody will be super interested in hearing the gospel or reading the Bible. Despite this lack of interest, we are still being faithful to God by telling others about him. Who knows, maybe in a few days, weeks, months, or years, the Holy Spirit will choose to touch that person’s heart.
Once we got off the bus, we broke up into different groups and walk around in open market and tried to strike up conversation. Even though I was not part of any conversations that turn spiritual, it was great practice to find people to talk to.
After the market, we made our way to the Tower Bridge and walked across it. Then we took a bus that got us close to Buckingham Palace and then walked up to see it. Another part of the trip I have loved is getting to know my team better. Each person is so amazing and we genuinely love spending time together. They are proof that God works in the big and small things. It helps each of us to be part of a team that loves God. If this were not the case, we could become easily distracted from our goal of being here and serving others.
As told by Hadlee Gilliland from team Rigney: Today has been very, very tiring, I’m not going to lie, but I’ve learned so much on this trip and couldn’t be more blessed. I love our group and I could not be more thankful! Today we did a lot of walking and when I say a lot of walking – I mean a lot of walking!!! We had to pass out flyers for our leaders church (The Village) which meant walking around from door to door putting them in the letters slot! We did that for an hour or so before lunch! Then the exciting part of our day as Americans . . . we tried fish & chips! It was so good!! After we had finished eating we went back out and passed out more flyers and met more people. One man that my group met was named Carver, he was hilarious and the sweetest old man I had ever met, but he was a little crazy! He never stopped talking from one thing to the next to the next!! It was an experience! Once we had walked around in the rainy and cold weather we had extra time so Chad (our group leader) took us out into Northern Greenwhich! It was really cool being on the double decker bus getting to see new things and cool stores! Once we had reached Northern Greenwhich we wanted to ride the gondola but sadly it was closed:( Even though we made it all the way over there we rode back and got off early to walk back to Chad’s which was so much fun honestly! Our group has gotten really close so we have a lot of jokes and games we play! I mean we constantly cannot stop laughing and have a lot of fun together! Once we got back to Chad’s we had curry for dinner. If you did not know, curry is London’s thing while Texas loves our Mexican food! I still haven’t decided if I like it or not! It was very interesting. After we ate dinner we played games for probably 2 hours and laughed some more they taught us their games and we taught them our games! We learn new stuff about them everyday and we do the same it is crazy!! I love it and cannot wait to see what the rest of the week holds for my sweet group!!
As told by Lane Phillips of Team Scott: Today was really cool. It was our London sight seeing day here on Team Scott, and we enjoyed it to the fullest. We saw Buckingham Palace and saw the changing of the guard there. That was super fun and I got a really good video. We walked a lot. As of 11:45pm, I have walked about 12 1/2 miles according to my Fitbit. We rode the London Eye and met a fun woman named Georgie, who acted as our tour guide for the rest of the night. I thought it was a super cool God thing that we met her, because one of the other teams is working in her church this week. She took us to Covent Garden, and from there we walked to a late showing of Wicked. I got very excited because I’m a huge musical theater nerd. It was so good. Anyway, we saw a lot, walked a lot, and now I’m very tired.
As told by Jared Pierce of Team Jon: Today started off with Josh Palmer, and I waking up to a prepared breakfast by Paul and Brenda, an older couple generously letting us stay with them while we are in London. Paul is very much of a talke and as we ate proceeded to tell us all the news that he had read that morning in the paper. From there Josh and I went to the church that we have been working with to get ready for a busy day of door to door evangelism. This was something I was very nervous to do because I had never done it before, but I for one enjoy stepping out of my comfort zone from time to time. The questions we planned on asking were very simple. “Do you own a Bible? Do you read your Bible? Would you like a free Bible?” However I was extremely shocked at some of the reactions from people when they answered the doors. Most didn’t answer the door even when they were clearly home and almost everyone that did answer quickly turned us away when they found out what it was we wanted to talk about. This was very difficult for me because a lot of the time I took it personal and felt like I was failing at the task at hand and had to constantly remind myself that I was doing my best and it was in the hands of the Lord. Later that evening the church, along with our help, hosted a Bible School for younger children where they played with Legos, sang songs, and were taught a lesson and memory verse by Kylee. This was very fun for me to be a part of because I love children, especially when they’re in a state of happiness and filled with energy. Each day I’m learning more about the culture in London, the people around me, and myself, and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the week has in store.