Wednesday of this week the team took a day off of evangelism and the majority went to work at the CVJM to help in the continued construction of our missions loft. After work, Klaus and Trudi and their two daughters Johanna and Julia (with her husband Boris and two precious children) helped to host a dinner and fellowship for the team. Klaus and Trudi have been absolutely 100% supportive of our work here in Germany and have never missed a chance to host team members, assist in work days, prepare meals or barbeque's and allow us to take part in camps and church services. We are so thankful for the entire family.
Saturday was our final day together so we went to Dilsberg for the morning for shopping, pictures and cake and coffee at the café there. We've taken every team that has ever visited us to Dilsberg as it's my favorite little walled city. The shop keeper even opened up an hour and a half early for us so we could shop before heading to Schwetzingen palace and gardens that afternoon.
Alan and I have never visited Schwetzingen palace before and although the tour was incredibly boring the gardens were gorgeous and HUGE! My mom and dad would love them. So much attention to detail for one prince electorate and his wife. Afterward the team was able to do some shopping in Schwetzingen and have something to eat before returning to their apartments to rest.
At nine o'clock that evening the team came over for Charlie's first birthday party. Charlie is the son of Joni and Matthew, Jon and Diane's oldest daughter and her family. It was great they were able to come with Charlie and we didn't want to miss the opportunity to have a little cake and ice cream to celebrate his first birthday and allow him to play in his smash cake. He especially liked the balloon animals and presents. A German world cup Jersey was amongst his favorites!
After cake we went to Heidelberg to watch the castle illumination and fireworks. It was a nice display and we didn't get caught in too much traffic leaving which was good. The team departed this morning around 5:30 and we just got word they made it back to Georgia safely. All in all it was a wonderful, blessed and rich week. Thank you to all who prayed for us.