Well, we left Stoke on Trent yesterday, and headed for the M5.
An hour later, we gave up, turned up the M42, and visited friends and family instead.
It was a delight to see Dave and Carol Landers, old friends of mine from days of TEC weekends, and also occasional hosts during the trips I took around England back in the 1990s, ah those innocent days! They have long since moved round the corner from their old house in Dunchurch to a lovely new build which I first saw three years ago.
After that, we drove down the M40 to Jo’s sister’s mother-in-law’s house. Doug and Christine visit Anna and Rob most (if not all) Saturdays, and this was my chance to meet another five members of Jo’s extended family! Fed and watered, we headed down the A303, past a few lumps of rock on Salisbury Plain, and got to Haselbury Plucknett about 9pm – only 22 hours late.
Today we went to Birchfield Community Church. Opened as a Brethren church in 1964, it is now a small non-denominational fellowship in the Birchfield estate of Yeovil, and a mate of mine from Spring Harvest, Phil Macauley, is a member and was speaking this morning on how the Holy Spirit enables us for mission.
The pastor’s challenge after Phil finished was to spend time in prayer, then go out and see if we could find whom we were being pointed to in prayer. We’re not sure if we did, but we left one lady in a local shop knowing the church was there any time she needed prayer for something – even if not today. It’ll be interesting to see what happens.
After lunch, we headed into Yeovil town centre, picked up the Ultimate Beano Summer Special No.3 (reprinted content with a summer sporting theme from old summer specials and weekly comics), and finally back to the house to crash and relax.
Tomorrow we will check out Crewkerne. I don’t promise much excitement… yet. Maybe if I take some photographs!