As you know, it’s been some time since our last blog post proper. So, we were thinking, that perhaps the best way to introduce you to the lovely people we have been visiting would be to give you an overview of the people, places and events that have populated our diaries and then to dedicate one blog post to each family or group we have been visiting. On our travels we have met some really interesting people. To be fair, you only have to turn a corner to find interesting people in Iceland. There are, for example, relatively few people who don’t play an instrument, tend a small-holding, keep a summer cottage for family gatherings or who are aren’t imbued with an entrepreneurial spirit. On the contrary, when in Iceland, chances are you will rub shoulders with an instrument playing, museum keeping, singing, fishing, hiking, skiing, career-changing superhero/heroine just about every day. In fact, so frequent are these meetings that we have (sort of) got used to the vaguely troubling thoughts that accompany such meetings such as the impulsive desire to learn to knit, sew, hike, glacier-climb, keep sheep, play an instrument, etc etc. Thoughts such as these (you will be relieved to note) are quickly dismissed, although I will admit to buying a book of Icelandic knitting patterns published by the Hand knitting Association of Iceland. The only problem is, I will have to improve my understanding of Icelandic before I can knit any of them…phew, saved by my terrible Icelandic skills!
Anyhoo, I digress. Here is a list of the Churches we have been involved in supporting since Christmas 2012, together with the dates that either Chris or Chris and I visited:
Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands) – February 15-17.
Ísafjörður – February 22-24.
Höfn í Hornafirði – March 8-10 and April 26-28: Home Mission gathering
Stykkishólmur – January 25-27, March 18-20, May 10-12.
Kirkjulækjarkot í Fljótshlíð – February 1-3: Lost Generation conference. March 1-3: Pastor’s AGM. March 28-31: Prayer conference. April 12-14: Leaders training w/e.
Ísafjörður – May 24-26: supporting the local Church.
Stykkishólmur – June 8, 9 + 10: development work. July 4, 5,6 +7: helping at the national Pentecostal summer/family camp.
Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands) – June 14, 15 + 16: development work
The work we have been (and continue to be) engaged in varies from Church to Church as it depends on what the people of the Church feel they need. Future blog posts will focus on the development work Chris has been involved in at each Church and will include interviews with Church members on how the work they have done with Chris has helped them to become more outward facing.
Some articles they may be of interest:
- The Icelandic Sagas on In Our Time and “Memories of Old Awake” (citizenship.typepad.com)
- Homer in Iceland (thefirstgates.com)
- What’s Behind Iceland’s Shockingly Low Crime Rate (on.aol.com)