I don’t guess I’ve said much about our journey since the post on reverse culture shock. Mare Cris and I have been here in Alabama, USA for six months (as of yesterday). Here’s what we’ve been up to:
After 11 years in the tropics I was looking forward to the variation in weather that comes with the fall and winter seasons. Be careful what you wish for–we’ve experienced some record-breaking low temperatures. Mare Cris saw snow for the first time while we were in Pigeon Forge (TN) helping with a youth retreat. She also loves seeing me wear something besides shorts and white t-shirts (my garb of choice in the Philippines). I only sweat when I go to the gym these days, and this is a welcomed change of pace.
Mare Cris and I visited several churches in and around the Birmingham area last year. It was an honor to preach, worship, and in some cases catch up with old friends.
This month I started a new phase of ministry at First Baptist Chalkville (located about ten minutes from where we live). Their pastor resigned recently (to pursue another ministry opportunity) and I’m preaching/teaching there while they search for a new one. My wife and I are delighted to have a place to serve!
Spending Time with Family
I’ve really been blessed with the way my family has welcomed Mare Cris. My nephews are crazy about her (who can blame them?). I’ve spend most of the past eleven years on the other side of the globe, so being with my family through the recent holiday season was a great joy.
The most challenging part of our lives right now is living in limbo. We believe the next step for us is for me to become a full-time pastor. We just don’t know know exactly when or where this will happen. We could end up settling down here in the Birmingham area or moving to another state altogether. We are patiently waiting and trusting God to reveal these things to us in His perfect timing.