Today is Saturday the 12th and we are currently sitting in Bodenseehof, the Torchbearers school in Friedrichshafen, Germany. We took a bus from Zurich, Switzerland to another city where we boarded onto a ferry and headed over to Germany. From the fair amount of traveling we had been doing the past few days, it was nice to be able to sit and enjoy all the beauty passing by us. Once we made our way into Germany, we found ourselves at Bodenseehof meeting students, staff, and taking a tour of the property. It was wonderful! It brings me such joy to be able to go to one of our sister centers and have such a strong connection with everyone, even though our schools are completely different we still have the bond of Christ and the same experience of being a part of such a wonderful organization called Torchbearers. Meeting new friends and eating a delicious dinner (chicken wings, yum) we got the priviledge of listening to the students practice for a performance they were putting on the following day. They all gathered up on risers and sang songs of worship and praise. It was great. We then made our way to the train station where we caught multiple trains making our way to Austria! We arrived in Austria at a very cold and dark 1 am. There is something about traveling to random places all through the night that brings a team closer together. We stayed in a youth hostel that night and the following day the team woke early and we toured Salzburg (thanks to our wonderful tour guide Frank) we got to see the locations of The Sound of Music filming and so many beautiful historic buildings! After looking and exploring around Austria we made our way to Romania via train and plane where we met up with Torchbearer staff members and we were brought to the beautiful center here in Rasnov, Romania.
If you would like to pray for us the team would appreciate being lifted up in the area of energy. We have full days now and sleep seems to be at a minimum some nights. Continued team unity and growth in The Lord would be great as well. Im very thankful for each member on this trip and what they bring to the team. Our members are:
Jason Kent- the goof and the servant
Roman Clavelli- the explorer and photographer
Bethany Lowth- the joke maker and truth speaker
Courtney Wright- protective and the peace maker
Juls Bergmann- silent servant and musical genius
Tannis Ridder- sarcastic sister and sleepy traveler
Megan Ballin- direction giver and the wise momma
Frank Cirone- tour guide, jokester, leader, coffee buyer, and dad to us all.
Each person has a different touch to the team and I’m very thankful for the opportunity to be able to come alongside them as we all go through this journey together.