The transition has been both slow and fast. We're two weeks into our move and new pastorate, and we are still waiting for internet service at our home and for phone and internet service to be connected at the church. But most everything else has been settled finally. Our house doesn't have boxes in it anymore (if you don't count Billie's new craft room). We've organized the house, put our furniture in place, painted in the house already, and started working to fix a few things.
At the same time we've hit the ground running at the church. Bell Street Church of God has been an amazing blessing to our family. Everyone has welcomed us with open arms and the friendships and relationships we're forming with the people are great. I don't know that we could have asked for a better transition. There is major excitement in the air and tons of expectation for what God is going to do in our lives, church, and community. We've had some tremendous services and God has been changing lives. Yesterday in our second Sunday service, a young man came forward to give his heart to the Lord. Two people independently came and told me they felt the church was in full blown revival! We're seeing new faces, and we're just getting started.
I've been working to get a new office installed and operational at the church. Today I'm typing from a makeshift desk and my newly painted office. My desk will be in next week along with the phone line and internet service. Hopefully next week, Bell Street will be fully functioning during the week in the office. I'm working on a website for the church, but with limited access to internet and my files, I'm not nearly as far as I want to be with it. You can see just a little bit of the progress at www.bellstreetcog.org. Be patient though. Soon enough it'll be fully functional and will be a major tool for outreach. We've got the website and more in the works! With a new office, plans for a new nursery, and moving into a new season of worship, Bell Street is being primed for take off!
It's been refreshingly good to be home. It's definitely been a culture shock in many ways, but a good one I believe. We're loving the town, our house, being near family, and definitely our church. I can't say enough about how welcome everyone has made us feel. I can't even begin to thank everyone at Bell Street for the love, support, and cooperation that we've experienced in just two weeks. We've already grown to love everyone and appreciate the new friendships so very much. We already have some major things moving and shaking as we work to move into the greater things I believe God has destined for this church and community.
I'll update more as the transition gets completed and soon you'll see fleshed out everything that God is doing in our lives and at Bell Street. We are excited about the future! Stay tuned and get ready!