No commitments until the evening, so we make a trip into Dublin to do some shopping and for Cathy to investigate some sites from her mother’s history. Our landlord tells us before we leave that he will have the cable installed before we return, but we still want to check on prices of a wireless card for Sam’s laptop. In Dublin, we walk to the area where Cathy spent many of her early years and looked for the church where her mother was christened based on her birth certificate.
The first thing we found was a small canal that her young brother fell into and almost drowned. Just down the street was the library where Cathy had received (after much anxious waiting) her first library card. We toured the library and talked with the staff, who directed us to the church behind them where Cathy’s mother was christened. They told us that it would not be open as mass was already completed, but that there would probably be someone in the presbytery at the other end of the church. So we visited the presbytery and spoke to the priest who asked us to come back on Thursday as he was preparing to leave for an appointment.
We rounded out the trip with lunch at one of our favorite lunch spots and a visit to an electronics store recommended by our landlord’s son for good prices on a wireless card. They were too expensive compared to what we could get back home or online, so we decided to just use the cable for now. We returned home and found that we did indeed have internet access and can now easily check our emails and keep in touch … even keep our web site / blog udpated (once we get time to do it).
After a short rest and time of organizing, we went to meet 6 ladies who are sharing the leadership of a group of about 20 ladies doing CBSI studies in Bray. This was another great time of catching up on what is going on in their group and in their lives as well as getting to know some of the newer leaders.
Going to church with a contact as planned did not work out, so we attended one with many long-time contacts and pastored by a supportive friend of CBSI, Abbey Presbyterian in downtown Dublin. They always provide good opportunity for fellowship over tea and coffee after worship, so we enjoyed some good time with many contacts there. Afterwards, we returned to our apartment to catch up on some more rest.
Later in the day, we got to talk to our landlord about the feasibility of getting an internet connection in our apartment, as this would help us tremendously in keeping in touch both with our friends back home and our contacts here. It turns out that since our last trip, they have had a wireless connection put in. Sam’s wireless card was having problems, but he had brought a 100-foot cable that he gave to the landlord in exchange for the internet access, who said he would run it as soon as he had a chance.
Attended the Evangelical Alliance of Ireland annual conference where we saw some friends, made new contacts, experienced multi-cultural worship with 450 other attendees, and heard some challenging messages on Moving the Church out of the Ghetto. Afterwards, we visited with our missionary friends and had dinner with them.
Had a wonderful dinner with one of our couples who are leading separate mens and womens groups in Rathfarnham. Got to see some pictures from their vacation at Disney World this summer, where they also spent some time with Cathy’s sister and family. We also got to share some of our family pictures and enjoyed a time of building deeper relationships. Learned that their studies are continuing to draw in new people and encourage their hearts.
We departed Atlanta, GA around 7pm on Wed, Sep 27th and arrived safely in Dublin around 9am on Thu, Sep 28th. We were quite pleased that the plane was only about half-full, allowing us room to stretch out and try to get some sleep (quite unsuccessfully).
We only had two disappointments:
- Sam’s discovery before flying out of Norfolk that his driver’s license was not in his wallet, disqualifying him from driving while here and
- Tim and Cathy’s discovery after landing in Dublin that their luggage had not been transferred in Atlanta. Fortunately, it did make the next flight and they received it all on Friday morning.
The rest of Thursday was spent getting settled in, picking up some groceries, and catching up on some sleep.
After getting some rest, we went to visit some missionary friends who normally store some things for us while we are gone. We only got to visit with the husband and son for a short while as they got a call to pick up the wife at the airport, returning from a trip to Greece. He did allow us to stay a while though, to use his computer to check our emails and to send out some emails letting our families know that we had arrived safely.