we’re back in texas…

…but we don’t have to be happy about it.

While it’s great to be back with family and closer to friends, we left a little bit of our hearts in Boston this week. We love the cultural activities, the people, the food, the tight-knit community, and, yes, even the weather (hey, after years of 90 degree winters in Abilene, 30s and 40s are a breath of fresh air). Take a second to read this interesting essay from a lifelong Bostonian for several more reasons why Boston is a wonderful place to live.

But the most exciting part of our future move to Beantown doesn’t have anything to do with the cultural or geographical or meteorological characteristics of Boston. We are thrilled and honored to be joining a “movement already in progress” in one of America’s oldest cities and the birthplace of American Christianity. God is at work in Boston. Ralph Kee, director of the Greater Boston Church Planting Collaborative, told us Thursday that in the first six months of 2006, around 20 new church plants will launch in Boston. God is at work in the group of students and young professionals who started meeting to pray about and discuss the connection between their faith and justice for the oppressed and marginalized. He’s at work in the Sinners and Saints house church community north of the city in Beverly, MA, with whom we ate and worshiped on Thursday night.

Logistically, Chrissy got confirmation from her adviser that she will be able to graduate with her MBA from Suffolk in August 2007 and we have narrowed in on a neighborhood in which to live for at least the first year in Boston. We spent time with another couple and several individuals with whom we have a special relational connection. In short, God continues to pave our pathway to Boston. This past week revealed a lot to us, most of all confirming that we are being called to join God in his redemptive work in Boston.

Thanks to those of you who prayed for us this week, and we continue to petition you for your prayers as we finish up our Abilene chapter and prepare for live in the big city. In the coming weeks, I will continue to reflect deeper on lessons learned this week that relate to our ministry. For now, it’s time to rest and cope with our Texas re-entry culture shock.

Click here to see photos from our week.
the fam at fenway

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