We just got back home to North Carolina last evening after spending a day and a half in Atlanta with friends and recovering from the long flight. The trip took a lot out of us physically. We are not 25 anymore and our bodies are letting us know that in no uncertain terms! Still, these past 3 weeks have been beyond anything we could have hoped for or imagined – and it was so worth it! Doors are wide open for future ministry in Ireland and the UK, and we believe without a doubt that what God has started, He is going to finish.
Some of you may already know that our trip ended with a little bit of unwelcome excitement. On our last flight, from Toronto to Atlanta, Melinda’s left ear drum ruptured. She had had some congestion with a slight cold that started Sunday after we got to Paisley. We had 2 flights to get to Copenhagen on Tuesday, and then the 2 flights from Copenhagen to Atlanta on Wednesday. She had been having some pain during the descents along the way, but on that last flight, the climb out from Toronto was a bit turbulent. It felt like the pilot was climbing very quickly to get above it. The air pressure change was too drastic for Melinda’s ear to handle.
It was very painful as it ruptured, and also quite scary as her ear subsequently began to bleed. The flight attendants were great and did everything they could to help make her comfortable. The pilot also did what he could to bring the plane down more gradually so as not to cause further damage. Thankfully, since the pressure had already been relieved, she did OK on the descent.
As a precaution, 3 handsome young paramedics met the plane, causing some embarrassment, as you can imagine. We went to a doctor friend of ours in GA the next morning and he confirmed the rupture. Thankfully, it’s not too severe and should heal on its own over the next few weeks. We are both so grateful that it wasn’t more serious than it was, and also that it happened on the final flight. If it had happened earlier, we would have either been stuck overseas, or having to drive back from Toronto because she cannot fly until she gets medical clearance to do so, and that would be weeks.
With all of that behind us, we are now home recuperating!
Thank you all so much for joining us on this amazing journey. We know that many seeds were planted. In fact, much fruit has already come. More will follow. God is moving in the UK and Ireland and we are honored and humbled to be part of it.
In the coming weeks, we will begin planning the calendar for our return trip next spring. It looks like we will be there for 2 months, mid-April to mid-June, including at least 4, potentially 5 or 6 Dash Away retreats in Ireland and Scotland, including the Isle of Lewis. We would appreciate your prayers as we plan the trip, that God would make clear what His plans for us are. We’ve explored many “good” things, but we want to do only the “God” things… that one little extra letter “o” makes a world of difference!
So, as a final wrap up, we thought you might be interested in some statistics from our whirlwind trip. Here we go:
Days spent traveling: 9 (10 counting the drive back to NC from Atlanta)
Airlines flown: 5
Individual Meetings: 7 (plus a dozen or so more at CLAN Women Gathering)
YWAM Base and Leader Connections: 5 (Ireland; Edinburgh, Scotland; Harpenden, England/Western Europe; Seamill, Scotland, BritCare)
Events attended and/or faciliated: 3
Peterhead Dash Away Reunion
CLAN Women Gathering in Edinburgh
Dash Away Weekend in Seamill
Different Beds slept in: 9 (3 hotels, 3 YWAM Bases, 1 Hostel, 1 Guest House, 1 Friend’s House)
Modes of travel:
10 airplane flights
20+ miles on foot
The Important Stuff:
Ladies at Dash Away: 13
Personal prayer ministry appointments with amazing breakthroughs: 5
People introduced to the vision and mission of Simply-Worship and Dash Away: We may never know…
That wraps up the trip, but it’s only the beginning. We will keep posting as things come up. We will continue to publish our monthly newsletter as well. You can subscribe to that here on the website as well.
Thank you again for your prayers and support!
With great anticipation,
Cathy and Melinda