Last night was a great festival in Dubai – Ramadan Kareem – after fasting through Ramandan Muslims then eat out as they begin to celebrate Eid. We managed to miss the month of fasting and arrived in time for the eating. Pastor Thomas and Emerald (from his church) not only fed us well but also showed us the ‘labour camps’ where the workers live who build the amazing 7 star hotels and where Pastor Thomas’ church minister.

Then up at 4.30am to catch our flight to Sri Lanka. It was so wonderful to be met by Ramanan and Anusha at the airport – after months of planning we are finally here!

Ramanan took us to Zion Inn (which will be home while in Colombo) and helped us change money and get a mobile ‘phone etc. – a consummate host.

Zion Inn takes its name from Psalm 134: 3 – “May the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth, bless you from Zion.” It is a wonderful place and already a blessing to us.