If you saw these words on a sign, it might appear to represent an established street or pathway. Our desire, however, is to share the path of our lives as we respond to the Lord’s direction in these days, to present a work-in-progress to our family and friends (known and yet unknown).
Our lives have been shaped and molded separately and then together by God’s hand. Here, however, we will specifically address our steps through this time of life called “retirement.”
Sunday, September 29, 2013
Regional meetings and Ludwigsburg palace tour
Work in the Regional Office was quite different this week!
There were meetings mid-week; the Field Strategy Coordinators were in for
meetings, convening for the last time with out-going Regional Director, Gustavo
Crocker. Dr. Crocker was recently elected as one of our newest Nazarene
I was drafted to help with the breaks and lunch on
Wednesday; it was great to meet Dr. Crocker and the other fellows who I’d only
communicated with by email.It was
actually fun to be part of the “catering team” that made their schedule work
Our off-time was busy too; three evenings this week, we had scheduled Skype sessions
with 2 of the missions candidates that we’re coaching and one with our coaching leader.
And, Friday night, we felt like we were part of a little
piece of history as the Eurasia team of workers had a dinner to say farewell to
Gustavo and Rachel Crocker, thanking them for their friendship and working
together for the last 10 years. We’ll be especially interested to watch them as
they serve all over the world, helping to lead the Nazarene Church.
Our tour group for the day.
Saturday, ten of us met at 8:00AM to take a day trip by
train to Ludwigsburg!Thankfully, the 3
legs of the trip were quite easy with Sabine “Sib”, our German friend and coworker who’s
experienced in travel here!The
Ludwigsburg Palace is a replica of Versailles palace in France and is quite
rich in history! The outside gardens were enormous, lush, and colorful. The palace itself
has over 400 rooms and we were glad to see over 50 of them on the guided tour
(in English), including a theater. There were several chapels too, all busy with weddings on this Saturday in autumn! The decorating included
lots of baroque style – gold trims and tapestried walls, mirrors, and fancy
Outside, on the grounds, was a fantastic treat – there was a
Kürbissuppe (Pumpkin Soup) festival
going on! There were several vendors of LOTS of varieties of squash and gourds
and statues made from pumpkins and gourds that looked like oversized Olympic athletes! Of
course, there were food vendors too and we took advantage of the opportunity to
try Kürbis Frites (pumpkin fries) and
muffins and flavored pumpkin seeds. Dan and I also got to see part of the kids’
area of the grounds, with fairy tale characters’ stories recreated in small
houses along a path up a large hill; at the top was a stone tower with
Rapunzel’s braid hanging out of the top!
Since it’s fall, many villages are having Oktoberfest
celebrations so we saw LOTS of young men dressed in lederhosen and girls in dirndl
skirts, especially in the train stations. We’re told that it’s a recent thing
for the young people to be interested again in the traditional attire (comparable to a kilt in Scotland or a cowboy hat in the US). It
just made the whole day feel more festive!
The train ride home was several hours of time to connect and have
fun, as 8 of us got to sit together and gab all the way back.Relationships, after all, make the whole
experience - wherever we - are worthwhile!
P.S. More photos of this week are shown in a slide show in the right panel of this blog.