Sunday 22nd January 2017

This morning I had a short jog around the campus – it was another beautiful morning, and then I had breakfast then went to the church. This was my third Sunday at Boca Raton Community Church, and I am still struck by the warm welcome that I receive at the door every week and sheer size of the congregation _ I reckon there must be around 500-600 people there on a Sunday. Today was international day and all the missionaries who represent the church in various countries were there on the stage. This included people from Russia, India and Africa. The sermon was led today by a missionary from Africa and he gave a very powerful preaching on Mark 4: 35-41, the story of Jesus calming the storm. Once again I left the church really uplifted by the hymns and the preaching. It is a real gift to be able to experience a church in a different culture like this and has become an important part of my experience here.

After I’d had lunch I went to Walmart to try and get a cheap phone that I can use here to make and receive local calls. It took about 25 minutes to drive there, and while there I also managed to get a manual vacuum cleaner so that I could get rid of all the crumbs in the apartment. I came back and did some work on my book and made some notes on my visit to the West Palm Police Department last week and then cleaned the whole apartment before trying to set up the new phone. No luck with the latter – don’t know what i am doing wrong, but I am hoping that Ricky in work can help me tomorrow – he is a real expert on all things electronic.

That’s the weekend over and so far no sign of the ‘severe weather’ that was predicted here – just a bit of wind … we will see if the storm emerges overnight.

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