Our final experience of driving in America was our journey from Philadelphia to JFK airport. Obviously, 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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Three 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 … Continue reading →
Fresh from our stay at Koinonia, we made our way to Charlotte, North Carolina, with a brief stopover in Atlanta. QC Family Tree were to be our latest
Pulling into the neighbourhood was a familiar feeling. Slightly tatty wooden houses, with cars in a similar state of disrepair, a populace very visible on the streets. Much like the majority of communities we’ve visited, QC Family Tree is located on the edge of empire, an area that once comprised a stable, well-off neighbourhood, now far less economically and socially prosperous.
Joen enjoying the free porch library
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This year has been a huge journey for our family. Rather than just a holiday trip, we’ve been taken on a voyage; there’s a sense we have that God is preparing us for a destination.
I don’t mean a physical place – although I do wonder where “home” will be in 5 or 10 years – but I feel God is shaking us down, getting us ready for a change of life.
Many of us experience a huge “about turn” when we first become believers: the word repentance literally means “to turn around”. I fear though, that all too often, … Continue reading →