I went for my usual Parkrun on Saturday morning at the Leisure Centre here in Omagh. It was a nice warm morning and it was more that just a little unusual to go running at the beginning of January in shorts and a T-shirt. It was a nice run and I met up with some runners from Loughmacrory after the run. The fellow had just run a 24 hour run around the lake there a couple of weeks ago to raise money for a local charity and had completed over 80 miles in the 24 hours. It was nice to be able to talk with him and ask him about his experience. Like most of the conversations I have here, people ask me why I am here and I get to talk to them about our mission and the church. They have always been good conversations and I get to explain things they didn't know about our church and often clear up misconceptions that they have. They do the asking and we try to answer as best we can.
We had our usual Friday shift at the Charity Shop and we got a lot of work done. Maurene did a lot of organizing and I helped rearrange some larger items at the back of the store and do some work on the display windows. There were two other volunteers there, Chris and Sheila, and they had lots of questions for us about the church. We had some good conversations with them and they asked if they would be able to attend church. We said of course and are hoping they come to church next Sunday.
There are two large cemeteries here in Omagh and neither one of them are on the Billion Graves site. So we went to the Dublin Road Cemetery and started to take photos of the headstones there. We registered the cemetery and then spent two afternoons taking photos and then uploading them to their website when we got home. We have uploaded about 900 photos of headstones and still have quite a few more to do.
We held our Self Reliance class on Tuesday evening and the topic was the Word of Wisdom. That is a topic that almost always engenders a lot of discussion and Tuesday was no exception. It was nice though, it is always great to have lots of discussion on topics. I also visited the Strule Arts Centre and bought tickets for a concert that is going to be held there in February. A big band from Dublin is going to perform and it looks like it will be a good concert, playing lots of old swing music. We are looking foward to it.
This is the blog of Elder Tom and Sister Maurene Wilson of our mission to the Scotland/Ireland Mission.