We went a couple of days early to visit our good friends Sascha and Eva. Sascha's great aunt has an apartment that she lets missionaries stay in for free. We had relaxing breakfasts on our own and then would meet up with Sascha and Eva later on. We visited their apartment and had lunch, we went to a castle, went to a playground zipline, had dinner at Sascha's parent's house and went to a farm. It was so much fun to catch up with them.
|Silas greeting us in the morning, Stephen & the boys recording a song, Silas pulling himself up on furniture, Elisha and Eva looking for rocks, all of us together, and the butterfly zipline.|
After that full day we went on to the Kontaktmission Mitarbeitertagung (team retreat) where we spent the rest of our time. I was afraid that I would not be able to attend a lot of the classes as I would be taking care of the two boys, but the Kontaktmission USA office came to my rescue and not only took mine, but a few other children as well so that missionary parents could attend classes. It was great for me and Elisha was much happier as well. The retreat has classes, but it is also such a nice time to catch up with people and to make new friends and contacts. We were so glad to go as we missed it so much last year.
|Stephen speaking at the conference with a translator, everyone worshiping at the retreat, Stephen leading music, singing more songs, Elisha with his new friends, Friends who also worked in Drogheda at one time (photo cred. Anna Friesen)|
|Silas falling asleep in the buggy, Team Ireland (photo cred. Tiffanie Swain), Egyptian Goose, Pig shaped salami (photo cred. Tiffanie Swain), rocking horses in Stuttgart, a knight of old.|