The past few months Bekah and I have been living rent free, thanks to the generosity of Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church in Atlanta. We can’t express the amount of gratitude that we feel when thinking about what our life would be like right now if we were not only having to pack up but also take care of all that is involved in leaving an apartment or house you rent! Our worries and concerns are much more manageable! But these last few months have not come without their share of stresses and concerns.
When we first moved here we were sharing the house with a coworker, Amy, from CBF for a couple days a week. That set-up was fine; I don’t remember ever getting in each other’s way. The problem was that Amy was commuting from Birmingham to Atlanta, with the goal of moving her family here to the city. With things being delayed, and the time for the school year to start for her children the pressure was turned up to get here quick. So they decided to go ahead and move their whole family into the house, Amy, John, and their two sons, Jonah and Toby.
We were obviously open to their coming, but I can’t say we weren’t a little apprehensive. We knew and worked with Amy, but we really didn’t know her family. Working around schedules and meal times and everything seemed daunting. Even scarier was how six people would share one shower without getting in each other’s way!
As is normally the case, our worries and concerns were much more troublesome in our imaginations than they were in real life. Our housemates are wonderful people whom we’ve grown to love. We enjoy hanging out with Amy and John and we love playing games with Jonah and Toby (even if they can escalate to proportions we didn’t expect)! And their experience in what we’re getting ready to do has given us insight and advice that we otherwise would not have had.
We are very excited to be moving on. Going to work in Chile is our dream. And while the transition has been made easier thanks to where we are living, it’s also being made a little harder thanks to the friendships we’ve made. It’s amazing how God brings blessings into our lives in ways that we never would have imagined, through people we didn’t even know.