It’s been a positive tour de France…or should that be Iceland?

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An Icelandic sheep

An Icelandic sheep (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.

Coming up!

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:

 

Saddle up your horses…

Despite rumours of snow filled streets in Hvolsvöllur and Hella and temperatures of minus something in Selfoss, Icelanders are excited because brightening days and the appearance of tiny spring buds mean summer is in the air and in Iceland that means only one thing…ROAD TRIP. All over Iceland, portable BBQs are being dusted off and lopa peysas are being neatly folded into back packs and squeezed into overfilled jeeps. Before you set off on your travels though, download your copy of Issues and Images of Iceland and impress Icelanders with your knowledge of all things Icelandic.

Today, Chris and Eth move to Iceland…

Well, the big day has finally arrived. Today, after months of planning, prayer and heart searching, we move to Iceland. The past few weeks have felt strange, saying goodbye to family and friends is never easy. Even knowing that we will be back for a visit in May hasn’t made the transition any easier. And yet, despite this, we know that moving back to Iceland at this time, is the right thing to do. There are many challenges facing Iceland in the coming months and years, including recovering from the worst economic depression since their independence from Denmark in 1944. Our prayer and heartfelt hope, is that we can be a blessing to the country and, to the people who make Iceland what it is, forward thinking, impossibly brave and unerringly inventive. May God’s blessing follow us all in the coming months and years 🙂

Welcome to Iceland…

This video was produced by our new Pasters Aron and Gunna who pastor the Pentecostal Church in Selfoss, Iceland. We will be living in a cosy flat owned by the Church when we first move to Iceland. Each Church we have been a part of has been a tremendous source of blessing and encouragement to Chris and I and our children James and Kim. We are indeed very blessed to know so many Godly people who want to make a difference in people’s lives and who gladly sacrifice their own finances, time, skills and talents to do so. Thank God for His Church, where ever it may be 🙂