Downing – June 2011 Update
Pikes Peak or Bust!
June 2, 2011
The 1300 mile journey to Colorado by Subaru was successful, minus the running out of gas just 40 miles outside the city. We were exhausted but glad to see the familiar mountains again. Our hosts (one of the pastors and his family) headed out on sabbatical for the summer, and graciously offered to let us stay at their house while Payton works as the church intern. God also provided work for me during the summer (thank you for the prayers).
We will only be here for 10 weeks, and it’s going to be full to the brim, but we’re excited none the less. We have a youth missions trip across the state to the small town of Paonia, a youth camping trip, children’s church every Sunday, get-togethers, VBS, work and at least a few trips to our favorite wilderness spots tucked somewhere in between! We’ve already been to Manitou Springs (our old hangout spot) and connected with some of the folks there. We already saw someone almost tased and a man walking around in a kilt with a pistol strapped to his side—that’s Manitou Springs. Even in these few short days, God already gave both Payton and I a chance to speak with those around us about truth. Alas, the details of those opportunities would make this update much to long, so I left them for a later blog post.
Strangely, Colorado didn’t feel like home when we arrived. It still feels odd because now no place feels like “home.” I’m sure that many of you who have moved multiple times understand this feeling! I felt a little sad during that first week, but I watched that feeling fade as we were welcomed by our ABEFC family on Sunday! We saw friends on Memorial Day, and today was my first day back at Glen Eyrie for work, which did feel very much like home (I spent countless hours there during my 3 yrs in CO). Payton and I will have to learn to make a “home” wherever we are, even though this world isn’t our final home. Overall, it is good though, because it’s God whom I need to go to for steadiness.
We’re relishing this rest from the rigors of school, but enjoying unpacking all that we’ve learned and wrestled with during the semester. Best of all, we’re finally getting our hands dirty again, applying what we’ve learned to real life!
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-balance of work and activities, especially with trying to see everyone in these few short weeks
-opportunities to share the gospel as we’re out and about
-preparing for Romans in the fall (we’re reading through it now)
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