Day 2: Thursday, July 30, 2009 by Aryana H.
Our first 2 days were very successful! Today, was very eventful. We woke up at 6:30 and were given breakfast by Wilmington, NC church and were shown off by a lot of caring people. The drive Thursday was less than half the travel time of the first day, although the nerves, in our van at least, were still tense. Elizabeth and I had an argument about s
omething, although I don’t remember what. We then agreed not to speak to each other for awhile. At the end of the argument though, we both remembered that we were 3rd: God first, others second, me 3rd. So then we pretty much got into a competition about who can put others before themselves!
We arrived in Madison, GA to be greeted by a lovely group of people and some rain. But it had cleared up by the time we arrived in Atlanta for a fun time at the largest aquarium in America! We visited many cool creatures, including a whale shark! Rob said the Mystic Aquarium could fit in the tank of this aquarium! After, we visited the Centennial Olympic Park, where the 1996 Olympics were held. We saw a water show, and also saw the giant torch. Later that night we returned to Madison, GA church. We heard the amazing story, bravely told by Sally, about how her and her family who live in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi survived Hurricane Katrina but lost all of their belongings, their home and the newly built second house for her father. This was the first time she had told this story to anyone. I am proud to say that Union Baptist represented itself in a very good way. We all listened with such great attention Sally felt open to sharing her story with us. To finish off this day, we truly learned the meaning of “southern hospitality.” We were taken in by families who didn’t even know us and we were treated like family. They even picked up Zoe and Sara at the airport at 2 a.m. and still woke up before 7:30 to great us with a nice breakfast. We want to thank Karen & Forest Pagett, Rob’s mom Laura & her husband Bobby Smith, Jodie & Dick Schmidt, and Rob’s cousins Rusty & Shelly Ewing for putting us up at their homes Thursday night.
We love you all and miss all of you and hope to see you August 11th when we return! Keep us in your prayers for safety on the worksite and for safe travels please!Love, Aryana H. & the UBC Missionaries