This is probably a bad day for me to be writing a blog post, given that it is very grey outside and has taken my mood with it. I’m afraid that I will unintentionally leave the impression that things are dismal, when really only the weather is. Please consider this to be a disclaimer, and read bright sunshine into everything below.
*Editors Note: The sun has shown up and rendered all of the above obsolete. Please disregard the previous comments.
Coming to the end of summer means that we are getting ready to get into a whole different gear. The kids will be out of the house. Julia may be back in it, depending on whether or not work is available after the summer. Youth work in the church in London begins again in earnest. At least two trips to Italy early in autumn. And who knows what else.
But that can wait, because we have a bit of a shift in our plans to let you in on. Originally in coming over here we were expecting that Trieste, in Italy, was going to be the next step. Nothing has changed in regards to Italy in general, but for a variety of reasons we are now looking at other opportunities, or needs, or challenges, or whatever, in Northern Italy.
It is, of course, a bit of a shift for us to have to begin re-imagining our future life in Italy all over again, but more than anything it is exciting.
Another part of the change is switching our idea of what we will be doing from working within an existing church to planting new churches (written with churches in plural, in faith).
And then, as we consider how we will become part of whatever community we end up in, exploring the possibility of establishing an English language school, both as a way to get to know some people in the city and earn a little income as well.
I had every intention as I began this post to expand on all of those different things-the cities that we may move to, our ideas around church planting, the language school, working with a team when we get there-but it would all be a bit much for one blog post. In any case, nothing is certain yet anyway. As we spend some time with the possibilities and get input from people who know more than we do it all evolves pretty quickly.
Instead I’ll flesh all of those out a bit more in the near future. Something else to be looking forward to is Julia (and Angela, a great friend of ours here in London) taking a trip to Italy in less than three weeks time.