Saying goodbye to Boston

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Our house is full of cardboard. Boxes everywhere. Empty and full, labelled and unlabelled. I estimate we’ve used a kilometre of brown tape in the last month. We are moving house in 10 days, and packing is always hard work.

It doesn’t seem like just four years since we were last at this point. Back in 2012, we moved to Boston. Since then, we’ve had a daughter, become part of a thriving church, lived in Africa for 9 months, lost a bit of weight, and I’ve even bought a snood

We love Boston. …

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This is part of a longer reflection on 2015 which Chris has put on his blog.
Feel free to read Looking back at 2015 at allaboutchris.org.

The bible is full of phrases like this:

“And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it.”
Mark 8:34-35

When I read a passage like that, I think: …

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Our friends in New York

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Our final experience of driving in America was our journey from Philadelphia to JFK airport. IMGP8105Obviously, we got lost, and arrived at the car hire drop-off at literally 12:31, crossing the line into late by 1 minute; luckily we managed to get away with this terrible crime with no further charges.

My takeaway from a month and 3,000 miles of driving in America? After paying $16 to cross the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, I’m never going to complain about the Dartford Crossing again!


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Our friends in Hawthorne Street

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Following on from our stay with the Simple Way, we visited members of InnerChange, also in Philadelphia. For the first time since arriving in America, that meant our drive between communities was just 10 minutes – a refreshing change from full days spent on the road.

IMGP7953Joen had been ill for two days in Charlotte, slowly getting better by Washington, but remaining very moany, unsettled and miserable for around 4 days. When we arrived at the Chris and Sam’s home, we were in desperate need of the feeling of “home”.

As we walked into the Baker Evens home …

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Our friends in Potter Street

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IMGP7907Three weeks on the road is definitely an action packed experience. A few days ago, we said goodbye to our new friends at Grace & Main in Danville, then stopped over briefly in Washington DC, before driving for another 3 hours further north.

The last 2 days we have been in Potter Street in Philadelphia, visiting the people and neighbourhoods of the Simple Way.

Most of you reading this will be familiar with the Simple Way: made internationally famous by Shane Claiborne’s book “Irresistible Revolution”. Pretty much every single person we have talked to on this trip …

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Time in DC

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This is just a quick stopover post: we spent a day in Washington DC trying to do a little sightseeing.

We saw the Washington Monument, then Chris and Neriah slept on the grass whilst Katherine and Joen visited the Lincoln Memorial.

Sadly, Joen has been struggling a bit with all the impermanence of our pilgrimage, so he spent a fair amount of the day throwing himself to the floor, moaning and sleeping in restaurants. However, he did enjoy the Air & Space Museum…

Anyway, we got a few pictures, so we’ve shared them below!


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Our friends on Koinonia Farm

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CIMGP7464hris: After our whistlestop trip to Alterna, we drove to the southernmost part of our American tour: Koinonia Farm, in Americus, South Georgia.

Koinonia Farm is a pretty unique place. Formed half a century ago by some white farmers, it was an oasis of progressive freedom in the otherwise staunchy conservative South. Workers taken on at a daily rate were paid the same, regardless of their skin colour. Suffice it to say, this was not a popular attitude to have during the federally imposed desegregation of schools; throughout the 60s, Koinonia had regular protests, and warning shooting from …

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Our friends in Jefferson Street

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Following our first community visit, spending time in Mississippi, we arrived on Sunday afternoon at the Georgia based Alterna community.

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Previously, these doors were for male, female, and Negro.

Alterna is based in Lagrange, a town with one of the highest income disparities in the United States. In stark contrast to the rich suburbs filled with wealthy white families, there are high numbers of working poor, mostly African American, with a growing population of undocumented immigrants from Latin America. 

In response to this, Alterna is a bilingual community, with core members making a commitment to become fluent in

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Our friends in West Jackson

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“You gotta be born again. And again. And again.”
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John told us this as we sat on the porch, drinking coffee and talking about the commencement address he was about to give at Taylor University.

IMGP7307Its easy to forget how much of an icon he is whilst you sit with him, and laugh as he eats all the sweet potato, or tells you he doesn’t want any food, then steadily works his way through your fries. He has no airs and graces, no attitude of expecting you to honour his fame: he is humble, friendly and straight-forward.…

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A brief stopover

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We are back in England. For those of you who read our prayer updates, thanks for the support, we had a fairly uneventful flight home, albeit with very little sleep – as expected with two children under the age of four!

We are now relaxing in my parents home, trying to enjoy the sacred art of rest, as we prepare for a month long road trip across America. Its amazing just how vibrant and green everything is here, and there’s no sand!

Lots of people talk about culture shock, and reverse culture shock. Thanks to some very supportive friends, …

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