Boston: Day 3

In the shadows of the city
Originally uploaded by smh00a.

After two insanely long days, today was just what we needed. We slept in, then took a bus down to Jamaica Plainand South Boston, two sections of Boston south of the city. We have heard a lot about it this weekend and were drawn to it, so we decided to take a look.

The word that describes Jamaica Plain and South Boston to a T is “diversity” — in race, sexual preference, and socio-economic level. This feature was attractive to us about both neighborhoods. In fact, the photo to the right is of one of the many rows of townhouses in South Boston. You can see how close it is to the city.

Here was the coolest things that happened today, though. As we were walking into the subway terminal at Downtown Crossing, I noticed a familiar face walking up the hall the other way. It was a guy I went to ACU with who took a job in Massachusetts last spring, Chris Jacobs. I had forgotten that he was in the city, but out of 5 million people, I see one of the handful of people I know in a train station. As we were waiting for the train to come, Chris and his friend came down the stairs on the other side of the tracks. I called out to him, and we had a “whoa!” moment across the subway tracks and in front of a crowd of people. He took my cell phone number and told me he’d call me later on. It was one of those weird God moments.

At 4 p.m., Chris called me and wanted to sit down and chat. He picked us up at our hotel and drove us to his home in North Massachusetts. We ate dinner in nearby whaling town, Newburyport, talking to Chris about our vision for Boston and getting his insights after living in Beantown for over a year. It was a sweet surprise meeting up with him, and after our conversation, we knew why it happened.

We’re back in the room nice and early now, and we’re going to bed. Tomorrow, we are meeting two prospective Boston church planters at 7:30 a.m. at Starbucks. After that, Chrissy is getting a tour of Suffolk University to look at their MBA program. At 1:30, we are meeting with Boston church planter Doug Hunt to chat about our vision. Tomorrow looks to be an exciting last day of our visit. One more update to come…keep us in your prayers.


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