After Bowmanville, we stopped for a couple of nights in Lake Placid in the Adirondack Mountains for a rest before the flight home.
Trouble is, that coincided with Storm Avery arriving and covering New York State with inches of snow.
On Friday, we left at 7:30am in the middle of the storm after snow had been falling since around midnight. The first hour was on untreated roads out of the Adirondacks...
It was tense driving - I've never concentrated so much and so hard for so long!
After an hour on the back roads, we approached the Interstate with hope...
... only to discover that we were there before the snowploughs!
Fortunately it was less windy and the hills were less steep, so it was much easier. More cars and lorries meant that there were better tracks to drive in too.
After another hour the snowploughs were out, and conditions were improving.
As we headed south it warmed up, the sky cleared, and we even had some blue skies.
We got to Boston Logan International Airport safely and with plenty of time to spare. Lots of prayer answered - praise the Lord!
Comment from: Paul Revill Visitor
Looks as if it’s been a fantastic trip. Sabbaticals are a wonderful gift but so helpful in sustaining and enriching ministry. I know the C of E doesn’t strongly advocate them, so it’s great that you’ve been able to do this. What would you say has God done for you through this experience? What have you learned / received / take back to the UK?
Comment from: Member
Southwark Diocese seem quite keen on Sabbaticals - and I was told to aim for rest and spiritual refreshment, which was liberating.
It’s a bit soon still to see what God is doing, but my immediate reaction is: (a) he has given us much to praise him for, and we spent a lot of time in awe of his handiwork (in creation, new creation, and sovereignty over events) (b) he has shown himself to be able to do immeasurably more than we asked or imagined, © we have seen the impact of the Gospel of salvation by faith in Christ alone in people’s lives in all sorts of ways, and been able to encourage by sharing our own testimony, (d) the churches we visited were similar to St L in their size, and we were like ambassadors of St L’s (as well as Christ) as we travelled and shared stories of Christ at work.
It was an amazing experience, quite probably unrepeatable, and our minds are still blown by it all.