We had a lot of activity today. We started out the day in Lutherstadt Wittenburg. We toured the castle church and Luther's church, walked by Melanchton's home, and toured Luther's home. The pictures are the organ in Luther's church, Ian and Michael in the castle church, and my tour group in front of the memorial door where Luther nailed the 95 Theses. The original door was destroyed by fire in the 1800s. :(
The next section of pictures is from the practice for the worship service tonight. I took the opportunity to get some close ups on the main stage. Michael, Alice, and Keith were on a side stage using the instrument inputs the praise band used. Notice in the picture taken from behind the group how big the room is.
Immediately following supper we met with the Ghandi School students and exchanged gifts with them. Our students purchased t-shirts for them and they had hats to exchange with us. It was a special moment. There are two pics showing the mixing of the groups. I captured Savannah in conversation trying to figure out how to say "thank you." I also got Glenn and Clista in conversation with our adults Robert and Mike.
The final group of pics are from the worship service. Some are pictures of the big screen. Again, notice the size of the screen relative to our students. It is a huge room. There are approx. 6,000 participants here from 89 countries. Lucky for us the official language of the conference is English.
Tomorrow we travel to Buchenwold (concentration camp) and then head back into Leipzig for "Leipzig Live" where our students will be singing at 4:00 PM (10:00 AM for you). I have passed on your message and your students are appreciative. Thanks for using this as a means to talk to them. We love you and we will be home soon!