Saturday, July 25, 2009

Friday & Saturday in Budapest Update

We are near the very end of our trip. Early tomorrow we will board a plane and begin the journey back home. We are looking forward to our 31-hour day (we gain 7 hours back with the time change). Anyone who wants to come and welcome us home, be at the Huntsville airport for our 9:00 PM arrival from Dallas on American Airlines.Our FBCHSV Mission Team in front of the Parliament Building in Budapest.
A look over the beautiful city of Budapest.
Several of our students having fun together after a great week of hard work and long days. Our soon-to-be 11th graders Kenzie Broome and Rachel Taylor in front of the Freedom Statue.
Our soon-to-be seniors Jake Gattis, Blake Reasons, James Taylor, Jeremy Dickson, Hallie Caneer, Thomas Lewallen, Patrick Dickson, Katelyn Owen, Rick Holloway (hidden in the back) and John Mark Russell.Andrew McPhail, Will Tucker, Jamie Mackey, Rick Holloway, Rachel Taylor, Rick Holloway, Jake Gattis, & Conor Gattis up top over Budapest.

We made it to Budapest yesterday. What a beautiful city! We have enjoyed yesterday evening and all day today seeing and enjoying the city. We first visited the market for a first look at possible souvenirs. The team enjoyed a good dinner at the Peppers restaurant on the river last night before boarding for a cruise up and down the Danube River seeing the city lit up. Spectacular!

Today, we first tracked up to to the Freedom Statue that overlooks Budapest. We then made our way down for a group picture in front of Hungary's impressive Parliament building. At that point the students and adults split into groups to see the city. Many shopped for take home gifts. Others climbed up Castle Hill to see the Castle. Some visited St. Stephens Cathedral. I (Jamie) visited the church in a cave. The adults were treated to a good lunch at Fatal's Hungarian restaurant (yummy!). And still others geocached their way around the city.

Tonight, we had a closing devotion with missionaries Glen and Clista Adkins. They are wonderful. Please pray for their ministry here.

We are departing the hotel and the airport early so it is off to sleep now. Thank you for your prayers through this trip. They have made a difference!

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