First day of Security and Fire Watch
I started out early this morning when Andy picked me up at my flat as we headed to the Africa Mercy for Saturday security and fire watch duties. I took the first round and since I went almost everywhere, it took me almost two hours before I reported back to the security office at the gangway. We had four men from Nepal who are primarily covering security but in order to give them a day off, Mercy Ships crew cover Saturdays and so we rotate through. I enjoyed the opportunity to get to know the ship better and go to many areas that once we are deployed will be off-limits.
Today I was able to visit the space that will be my new home on the Africa Mercy. Cabin #4236 Most of the furniture is installed, carpeting is down, only awaiting lighting and bedding. My cabin is on deck #4 at the back (aft) on the left hand side (port side). I am one deck above the hospital and one below from the main deck. I took this picture today at my first opportunity to see inside. I spent some time praying over and in the cabin. We do not know when we will be able to move on board, they have to finish the shipyard renovations, but it was good to see for myself.
Founded in 1122 and battered by centuries of warfare, was built for the glory of God and services have been said and sung daily in it for nearly 900 years. Paul and I visited Carlisle and took in this church and the castle and the town itself.
Paul & I traveled to the other side of England by train. We visited the magnificent castle founded in 1092 by William the Conquerer’s son – a testament to the years of feuding over the English-Scottish border. Carlisle was also the farthest NW post of the Roman empire in the years following the death of Christ.
Today was a holiday here in the United Kingdom called Pancake Day and so I enjoyed pancakes of various varieties with about 10 friends, including Martin, our only Brit in the group. In the picture, they are practising the flipping of the pancakes.