It begins now

Choosing to make a road trip out of my move to Madison was by far a killer decision. I’m not sure why I have never taken a road trip before. The key is doing it with people you love. Being able to stop in these cities and see people that I know and love was what made it so enjoyable. In Atlanta I saw my Aunt & Uncle, along with my friend Matt Kuhn. In Nashville I got to spend some dear time with Rachel Smith and Erin Gauvin, and finally meet James Roquemore (whose brother and sister I know). I could seriously write a whole post about Nashville alone. It is such an amazing city! On the road to Chicago I stopped for dinner in Indiana with Ryan and Allie Peach. Once I hit Chicago I was reunited with Joseph and Stephanie Huson.

On Saturday morning, I departed from Chicago. When I arrived, I was greeted by John and his girlfriend. He was finishing up a batch of maple syrup. John tapped about 60 trees this winter, and because of this unusual winter they just got a big batch of sap. I’ll get to experience it a bit more when we make some more in the coming weeks. Next, John took me on a tour of the farm. I met the chickens, goats, pigs (and piglets), and saw the currently empty and muddy fields that I’ll be working in.

After unpacking a few things, I took off into Madison to get my bearings. I’m about 20 minutes from the center, which is also the capitol of Wisconsin. Everything else surrounds it, including the University of Wisconsin. Driving around, it definitely had a great vibe. A lot of young people inside the city. The true test will be my thoughts of Madison’s coffee shops, whenever I get a chance to go and test them out.

I returned back for dinner with John and his girlfriend, his mother, and her soon to be husband. We had chili with some ground turkey. All of the meat in their house is from their fields, they hunted it, or it is from a friend. The house has no television; not even a functioning set. So after dinner I read. I read a lot in a short time, and it felt right. I have a feeling that I’ll be going through a good amount of books while here.

The hardest part about all of this has been leaving my community. I’m not sure I’ll ever find a home quite like Orlando was for me. My church body at Summit has been invaluable in my growth spiritually, and I’ve been able to see lives changed because of a community that continually applied all they know of themselves towards all they know of God. I know because of my time spent in Orlando that I am prepared to enter a new city and begin “To form biblically functioning communities that reach lost people, connect in Christ-centered relationships, teach truth, serve others, and worship God.” (Summit’s Vision)

I’m extremely eager to work hard and learn a lot. The next few months will help shape me in a new way. I pray daily that my time here will draw me closer to God and that he will show me how my passion for farming and filmmaking can be use to build his kingdom.

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