What a memorable trip! What an awesome experience to walk where some of my heroes made history! I even brought back a piece of stone from one of Muller's orphanage buildings and a piece of rock from a stone fence that was being renovated. Great paper weights and conversation starters! To be shown the original book where George Muller himself recorded the details of the very first orphan was quite a thrill that I will never forget.
Now that I'm home (and it sure was good to see Carol and my family) I will be sorting my pictures, posting a selection of them, capturing my reflections as I look back on my pilgrimage and gradually coming to some conclusions.
It was the trip of a lifetime! Everything I hoped it would be!
Spending time with my dear friend Nathan Betts, meeting Julian Marsh and his staff at the Geroge Muller Foundation and getting acquainted with author and new-found friend Roger Steer were such blessings to this weary pilgrim! I can't forget the helpful and hospitable staff at the Cowper and Newton Museum in Olney. They welcomed me with such warmth!
The only downfalls? Split shoes, sore legs and feet from many miles walked on foot, a "floater" in my eye that I will get checked out next week.
The positives? Too many to mention in one sitting! You'll hear them all as this pilgrim relates his progress.
Finally, thanks to all of you who made the journey with me through your faithful prayers, comments and expressions of love! You made the trip that much more special. Terry (from Canadian Blogger) thanks for being my pilgrimage communicator back home when I couldn't post when I needed to. Thanks, too, for rallying our blogging buddies to pray for me. I was greatly appreciated!
And Brodie...are you still with us? It's almost a month since your last post.
Much love in Christ, David
The phostos? A monument of Anglican theologian Richard Hooker in the cathedral close at Exeter Cathedral, and the gravesite of beloved hymn writer and former slave trader, John Newton in the church yard in Olney.