14th September 2018
Patience Chiketero and Helderberg Jackson share a day by day account of the North England Conference (NEC) Reformation Tour that took place from 6-15 August 2018.
Monday 6 August‒ The day dawned bright and early for over 150 tour passengers. From as far north as Newcastle and south as Greenwich they came, some stayed overnight close to the airport not wanting to miss their flight. Others left early the night before and came by coach and some left early Monday morning to travel to Heathrow terminal 5, for the first flight at 07:15hrs. To accommodate the passengers there were four flights departing, at various times throughout the day, to Berlin airport. The first flight included the North England Conference Pathfinder director, Pastor Ikwisa Mwasumbi, and most of his staff as a kind of advanced party. On arrival at the airport coaches were laid on to take the groups to Friedensau Adventist University, in Möckern. There we were allocated our tents, our home for the next 4 days. After supper we had our first meal and worship session and settled down for the night.
Tuesday 7 August‒ We arose this morning to bright sunshine, a hearty breakfast, worship session and instructions for the trip we were to take. Our first visit was to Wittenberg, where we visited the Luther House Museum 360 and had a flashback into the 16thcentury and a glimpse of how things were back in 1517 during Martin Luther, Frederick the Wise and Lucas Cranach’s day. This made the history relivable as we visualised these times in 3D. From there we crossed over to the house where Luther lived, and we learned how Katherine said she would only marry a noble or Luther; and of course, she chose Luther.