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.
Joen 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 … Continue reading →
After our fantastic time with the guys at QC Family Tree, we drove a few more hours North, and arrived at Grace & Main Fellowship in Danville, Virginia.
Grace & Main is an intentional community that values hospitality highly. Starting around 5 years ago in response to a dangerously challenging book club, they now have several community houses spread across the city, and a community garden large enough to be thought of as an urban farm.
A small group of friends, they moved from book study to a practice they referred to as “Roving Feasts”, making tens of packed … Continue reading →
Chris: 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 … Continue reading →
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 →