Hannah’s holiday highs (HHH)

As I’m sitting writing this blog with the sun kissing my skin I reminisce upon the highlights of the trip that I have experienced so far… (Chloe Purdie’s beautiful description)
One highlight of the week so far has definitely been just meeting all these new people and making new friends, last night we went out for dinner with Paulin (the pastor) and his family at a lovely resturant in town where we dined on some divine delights such as ELA’s special pizza and fergeze with veal meat, it was so wonderful to talk to Paulin and his family and they were so friendly and welcoming.

Another certain high of the week so far has definitely been meeting all the kids and getting the club started today. The children were incredibly friendly and greeted us with big hugs and kisses. Despite the language barrier, so many sweet moments were able to be shared between leaders and the children and I’m sure as the week progresses these moments will become even more frequent.
It has been such a blessing to be able to come here and see how God is working in people’s lives. In a place so different from our home it reflects the glory and consistency of God that he is so present and powerful here.
Can’t wait to see how the rest of the week goes, as my tan progresses I’m hoping to come back looking positively Puerto Rican!

On the first day…

After a brief recovery from last nights extended ‘adventure’, most of the morning was spent playing football, eating, sweating and complaining about the heat. We also discovered a tortoise in the yard and he has been nicknamed Tony. After lunch, comprising of watermelon, cucumber, tomatoes and bread, we piled into the van and headed over to the children’s home. The kids were fantastic and we all managed to play games, learn some simple Albanian and attempt to drink “Lahl”: natural yoghurt diluted in water.

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You have arrived at your destination

So after a rather prolonged journey, we finally arrived in Tirana at 3:30am!!! Although we were all still in very good spirits and managed 5 solid hours of sleep before breakfast this morning.

Unfortunately, Hannah has not been feeling to good and has spent the whole day in bed with a band cough and sore stomach. Please pray for healing!

Will keep you posted later on today’s events.
Thanks for the support.
Ben, Barney and George

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