Surrounded by the beauty of Portoferraio at 4:30 p.m. Monday. I’m sitting on our balcony on our ship the Prinsendam. The water, the islands of this Tuscan Archipelago, the sky, the sail boats, and the ferries plying the water all combine to make this one of the most picturesque places I’ve ever been. I cannot adequately convey how gorgeous this place is.

We toured Portoferraio earlier today returning to our ship at 1 p.m. We rode through most of the town on a miniature touring vehicle, a replica of a train and its cars. We toured the harbors, looked at sail boats, walked tiny backstreets, and soaked up the ambiance of the island. It was a total package of beauty. I may never get back here but I will never forget this place. I am grateful to have come this way.

Another day in paradise. It just doesn’t get better than this. We soaked it all up.

I think Jimmy Dukes is being discharged today and he will be staying on the Seminary Campus. I’m praying for him as he continues his rehab. I’m also praying that Retia will be ready to travel to Orlando soon so that Jason and family will be back together and Jimmy and Retia will be with them for their continued healing.

We have our disembarkation briefing tonight after dinner. Time to pack for our transfer on Wednesday morning early. Tomorrow will be our final cruise day. While I will be sad to leave this wonderful experience I am beginning to look forward to turning another page on our travels and being in Rome for a few days.

We are praying for you. Please keep praying for the Dukes. Also, pray for New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and our leaders there. What a great work our school is doing in the kingdom.