Wednesday, July 20 at 11:33 AM

a quick one. but it'll have to do for now.

i had an incredible mini-vacation with the crew this past weekend. pictures are here and here. i love these people...they are family to me. it's funny the things that come to light when you know you are going to be leaving a situation. i've never felt closer and more protected and loved by a group of people than i do with these amazing guys and gals. i'm so thankful for this slice of life that we've been able to share with each other.

and i'm moving!! in a couple of weeks i will no longer call a-town home. it's weird to say that considering i've lived here for the last eighteen years (except for a very brief stint during grad school). i suppose anderson will always be home in many ways. but now it's time to step out into the exciting, unknown, unfamiliar world of columbia, sc. i can't wait to start this "new chapter" (i know it's cheesy...but it fits).

for those of you who are somehow uninformed...here's the overview. i'm moving to columbia with a small group of amazing people (dustin, renie, chris, and beth) to plant a church. there are others involved, but the five of us are heading down there now. God is all over it. there are so many mind-blowing stories of Him working out all the details...and we haven't even gotten there yet. it's a complete step of faith and He is making it clear that He will take care of all of us. here are a couple of examples, just to show how ridiculously awesome He is: none of us had jobs or places to live when we decided to go. i prayed that God would somehow give me a place to live for free. i had no idea how that would or could happen...i just prayed. yeah. two days later dustin told me about a family that would let me live in their basement room for free if i'd help with the kids a couple nights a week. okay. then chris and beth had one of their cars totally die. obviously, this came at a time that made it difficult to buy a new one...lots of uncertainty financially. so, yeah...God gave them one. for free. and there have been many more instances of Him just blessing us completely. too many to name really.

so, i'll try to keep this thing a little more up-to-date, especially after the move, so that you all will know how things are going in cola. please keep us, and midtown fellowship (yeah, that's the name), in your prayers.