Again this year Patti and I were able to attend the UK CBSI Leaders Conference. We found it cheaper to try something new … taking the ferry from Dublin to Holyhead in Wales. Then rather than dealing with buses and trains, we rented a car and drove to the beautiful Hayes Conference Center – Alfreton in Swanwick. It was a wonderful time reconnecting with friends, to include the CBSI-Europe director and the CBS International director who were joining us from the U.S.
A highlight of the trip was spending time with other Calebs that were able to attend from Wales, Lithuania, and France (all originally from the U.S.). Most of the Calebs (shown below) stayed over an extra night due to travel arrangements.
The Calebs were the only ones to stay an extra night, so we had a wonderful time in fellowship together. Actually, one of the couples are not Calebs yet, but were traveling with the Calebs to France on an exploratory trip to consider joining them in ministering in France. They had a wonderful testimony of healing to share and led us in some worship time. One, a retired pastor, followed the singing with a communion service and healing service where we got to pray for each others aches and health issues. What a wonderful time together. One fact that we thought interesting about us was that we were all from Virginia, but only met because of our ministry with CBSI.
Patti and I also planned an additional night in the UK to do some sightseeing and to avoid arriving back in downtown Dublin on St Patrick’s Day. That gave us some time to relax and enjoy some of the beautiful sites and castles in Wales.