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Saturday, 5 July 2014

The Great Exchange team has arrived and is doing well!

Well I promised to keep you updated on the teams comings and goings so here's the latest...

The team arrived yesterday on time without issue.  The flight was fine although not very many slept (except Charlie for a thankful Joni and Matthew!).  When they arrived at the airport Alan was there to meet them and they headed to Budget car rental to pick up the two vans they had rented for the week.  Unfortunately the line was enormous so they didn't actually pick up the cars until nearly 10:30 (two hours after they met up with Alan).  Major bummer - especially with folks so tired!  Still, they made it back here for breakfast and we enjoyed a fairly a-typical German breakfast/brunch with boiled eggs, meats, cheeses, fabulous German breads, pretzels, rolls and fruit.  The team then went to their apartments where they settled in and rested until around 5:30 when they returned to ours for a welcome barbeque.  We were thrilled with the turnout of pastors and their wives, other missionaries to this area, church members, students and friends.  Here are some pictures of our time together...

Today we met early to go on a boat cruise along the Neckar river from Neckarsteinach to Heidelberg.  Once there we walked along the Hauptstrasse until we reached the Funicular railway.  We took the railway up the mountain to the castle where we had a picnic outside the castle.  The weather was colder and rainy today but everyone still managed to have a good time.  After seeing the castle and taking loads of pictures the team returned to Neckarsteinach by boat and we ate wiener schnitzel and pommes frites at a bistro overlooking the Neckar.  A good time was had by all.  Tomorrow our leader Jon preaches at Hosanna gemeinde in Heidelberg at 10:30 in the morning and then again at the CVJM in Meckesheim at 5:00pm.  In-between the team will come to our house for taco soup and bratwurst and have a training meeting for the Great Exchange which starts bright and early Monday morning!  Here are some pictures from our boat cruise today:

Thank you for your continued prayers and support for the team and us!

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