We are having a great time in Malta thus far. Our missionary friends, the Parkers, took us on a two hour road trip yesterday and tried to give us a quick glimpse of the island country. Amazing! This is the one word I keep coming back to. Beauty and ancient wonders are everywhere. (You can read how we got here, why we are here and all about the Apostle Paul’s experience in Malta here!)
Here are some pictures from our first tour.
We were even able to see the spot where the Apostle Paul was shipwrecked on his way to trial in Rome! Say what?! This is beautiful St. Thomas.
The waters are crystal clear and the views take your breath away. Here is the entrance to the street where we are staying in the home of the resident missionaries. Their home is 300 years old (but beautifully updated!). So lovely. Be sure and spot the post office, the barber shop and the beautiful Maltese Balconies! I am in love with these little things already and will show you more later. (tease!)
Today we had an early morning service with the church here. So excited to meet some of the people and to share Revival By Design with them. They have implemented some of the concepts already and have a heart for revival. God is going to do great things in this country…one of the first to receive the Gospel so many years ago! Here is a picture of the garden steps into the old Anglican church that the missionaries are renting from until they get their own place. (Pray for that need, won’t you?)
We were blessed to have an entourage from the Philippines and Norway visit Christian Life Center today! With some of the local congregation absent it was nice to fill up the room with beautiful visitors from far away. Look at those smiling faces!
Okay, so their faces are lost in worship, try this group photo we took outside of the old church.
We discovered some of these visitors knew a mutual friend of ours…yes, it truly is a small world. We worked alongside another Associate in Missions, Rachel Zehm, while we were serving in Riga, Latvia. Rachel then went on to Oslo, Norway and worked in a church there for a year or so. Some of these great people were out of that church and knew Rachel very well! What are the chances? We had opportunity to be in Oslo last summer on our way home from Tallinn, Estonia. Only for a day but Rachel was a gracious host to show us around the beautiful city in the country of Norway. (Rachel, everyone said to be sure and tell you “Hello!”)
It is siesta time here in Malta.
Oh. My. Word. Did I not tell you they took siesta??? Some, or most, of the businesses even shut down in the afternoons for a rest period.
Friends, I can’t even…I may have to move here.
And on that note, The Sweetheart is softly snoozing beside me while I type. I am still suffering with severe jet lag and even though I know you aren’t supposed to nap in the daytime with jet lag, I must get sleep sometime and it isn’t happening at night.
Blessings abundant upon you all and thank you so much for your prayers and encouragement. I will have more to write later about the great things God is doing here. Here are a few more pictures around the country that we took yesterday.
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