Day One

Well, I’m here.  All moved into my new home for the next eight months.  I’m not going to lie, I’m a bit overwhelmed.  It’s truly a lot to take in.  This new house, these new people, this new experience, is all well.. new to me.  I’m happy I’m here though.  I know God has me exactly where he wants me to be.  This will be the journey of a lifetime.  A journey I will never forget.

We arrived here at the Lincoln around one o’clock.  We swiftly unpacked the car and brought it all into my new room.  There was a lot of stuff.  I had no idea how I was going to fit it all.  Thankfully, I did and I think we did a good job of making it cozy.  We did a good job of making it into our home.  I’ll attach some pictures at the bottom.

Once we got all packed and settled, I spent a little time trying to get away from the chaos of moving in.  I walked across the street to the park.  They were having a bike race going on.  I can tell this community, though in poverty, is something special.  It’s a neighborhood.  It’s a community.  After I walked back to the house and I had a little time to relax before dinner.

At dinner time, we all walked across the street to The Pavillion which is a free coffee shop the Bridge Street House of Prayer runs for the neighborhood.  We moved all the tables together and had a giant family dinner.  It was so nice to be able to chat a little with my new family.  I was having a hard time at this point however.  It all kind of hit me where I was and what I was doing.  This is a huge commitment I have made.  I’m learning to trust God with it.  Slowly but surely, I am learning.

After dinner we sat in a circle and had a time of worship.  We were worshiping the God that made us.  The one who brought these very people into my life.  After worship, we went over some logistics.  Then it was time for some fun.  We played a game called BUNCO.  I had played it in my past but it was long forgotten about until tonight.  I ended up winning the whole thing and got three candy bars.  How exciting, huh?

Now I’m back at the Lincoln.  I’m sitting in the community room with some of my new family and just reflecting on the day.  I think I’m going to like it here.  It’s a whole new adventure and I’m ready to take the leap.  Imagine being in a new place knowing that you are going to be a completely different person once you leave.  I know that’s going to be the case here.  Sure it will be hard, especially with my depression and not knowing whether people really understand it, but also just in general.  I’ll be challenged in every way.  It’s a change, but a good change.  I’m learning to walk as Jesus walked.  I’m going to be growing in my faith.  I’m so excited to see what else God has in store for me.

Tomorrow we are going to a neighborhood church in the morning then we will go to my church in the afternoon where they will send us off, lay their hand on us and pray as a church for us. Come if you want.  It’s a Crossroads Bible Church. Anyway, I’m off to bed. It has been a long, yet exciting day.

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The Common Area Kitchen
Our Apartment
Our Apartment
Our Tiny Kitchen
Our Tiny Kitchen and a little of the chaos
Half of our room
Half of our room
Half of our room
Half of our room
The common area, The Community Room
The common area, The Community Room


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