As we left Gran Canary, I said goodbye to the Polar Star, our neighbour, an ice-breaker / small cruise liner that goes to the Antarctic, as always, it gets me thinking about going their again. We also said goodbye to the grand and large oilrigs that were our neighbours for the time in Gran Canaries.
It was so lovely to spend time with my sons and Chelsea, just missing Emily being with us this time. Seeing them was just what my heart needed and always does, I miss them so much. We spend just quite time together, all on the same page, resting and chatting and having some nice meals out together, we all needed to just chill and restore.
Spending a week in the UK was just so quick, I really hit the ground running and never stopped till I left, just not enough quality time with anyone, everything seemed such a rush and whilst it was so lovely to catch up, there were many others I would have like to have seen and couldn’t.
I arrived back on the ship on the 30th or 31st, I cannot quite remember. My first few days back were hesitant and I was relieved that things settled down well. It is so lovely to have Jen back on-board, she is so lovely to work with and really making a huge difference to my workdays.
Sailing has to be on the top of my to do list, I could spend much much more time at sea, the wild-life, the fresh air, the time to reflect and the vastness of the ocean, the magnitude or each day being recreated and the miracle of each new day is just much more evident to me here.
We have seen dolphins, a couple of whale spouts, a shark or two, a few turtles plopping and bobbing by the ship, a few turns and other birds and lots and lots of flying fish. They really are amazing creatures, they have grown since our last sail and I can see they have been practicing. They have flocked and come in single flights, but they have learnt a few new tricks since last time, well some of them at least, they are bigger and have learnt to twitch their tails against the water to give themselves more air time, and gliding longer. There are some prodigy babies too, who seem to have been born to fly, oh yes, and they were.
So, we approach Cameroon, we are due to go by 0 0 soon, and we will all become Diamond Royal Shellbacks, and will have a ceremony to celebrate. That is what we call someone who has going across the Equator at 0 0.
We had our first preparation for Cameroon last night in our community meeting, information was passed on and our hearts started to engage, and the reason we sail and the reason why I still do IS work for the moment is evident again. There are many many people awaiting an opportunity of surgery. The stories from last year, start to come back and I start to realise again how Good God is, how much He cares, how He has drawn each one of us to this ship and put it on the hearts of all those who support us, so that He can show His love to the people we will interact with, our lives being changed by there’s and there’s by ours. A God who brings it all together in such and amazing way. How could this work without Him. It could not.
Please be praying for the Advanced Team who are there preparing for our arrival, please pray, that we will have good relationships from day one, please prayer that we will be equipped to serve and equipped to learn and to love by Him. Please also prayer for our families., mom is moving on Monday to a lovely place but it’s a huge step.
Please also prayer for our IS Team to be able to work well in the setup phase, to be able to have the energy we need and the co-ordination of the tasks.