Day 6 Tour 2009
After having breakfast with some of the most gracious host families thus far, we loaded the busses once again. It was difficult to say farewell to this welcoming community, who were so appreciative of our talented youth and what they had to offer. Host families commented that beyond the talent of our young people, they were struck by their remarkable poise and manners, and their hope for the future was renewed. Now that is music to our ears, Amen? The group then headed North for lunch and shopping in Freeport Maine, a quaint little town famous for being home to the flagship store of L.L. Bean. We enjoyed all manner of chowder, Lobster rolls and Ben and Jerry’s ice cream and scooped some bargains at North Face. The weather was a bit warmer, with a light, steady drizzle – an improvement over the steady downpour we’ve grown accustomed to! We then drove a short distance to our two host churches in Bath, Maine. We had another yummy Spaghetti dinner, served at Bath United Methodist Church, then shuttled over to Elim Community Church for a concert. We were warmly greeted by Smo Hicks and her husband, who are DUMC Charles Wesley Singer chaperone alumni. They and their children toured with DUMC on many amazing tours, including the UK and Germany, more than a decade ago. Throughout the concert the doors and windows of the church remained open, and the nearby neighbors sat on their porches to enjoy the performance. Though a certain amount of fatigue is beginning to set in, spirits remain incredibly high. Youth and adults alike are recharged by each performance, feeling the power of the Holy Spirit in our midst. Praise be to God!