Reflections from our first week in Bellville

This may serve as a brief update on life in Bellville that really, my mom only cares about… But here it goes:

We are moved into the parsonage, and almost have all the boxes unpacked. Abigail is a trooper and deserves all the credit. She’s a stud, and did most of the work. The parsonage has provided more space than we anticipated and we are thankful for it as the girls have enjoyed “jumping” on the carpet. It’s been really nice to not worry about our meals either as families have been caring for us in that way – I wonder if it’ll continue forever?!?! 😉 First Baptist has been overly generous towards us in this way, and for that, we’re thankful.

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that moving is one of the most time-consuming/frustrating/taxing things we can do in life. In fact, I dislike it so much that I would even say that moving is part of the Fall of Adam. Think about it… They had to MOVE out of the garden! But that’s for another day.

At any rate, we’re happy to be here. The girls have adjusted somewhat, except that Adele notices the trains a lot, and Ruth is more interested in Ebenezers’ water bowl than she should be. Adele has already made fast friends with different people in the city, and even some girls her own age. So thankful!

Abby and I are trying to figure out and find the “new normal” and as with anything, it’ll take some time. A new town, new post office, a new grocery store, and of course – new people. It’s fun, exciting, and full of challenges. We’re enjoying so much of the newness!

On the personal side, my week became full and it’s hard to comprehend how quickly it flew by. One of the challenges I’m facing as Senior Pastor is the pressure I put on myself to have all the answers before I even know the problems. So, I’ve reminded myself throughout the week that I don’t have to have all the answers or solutions, and don’t always need to try to respond to every situation as if I’ve done it before – I haven’t… at least not at this level. I don’t and can’t fix all the little things that need adjustment, today – it will take time as with anything worth doing does. And that’s okay.

One thing I know – being here has caused me to press even further into the presence of Jesus… and in the end, that’s a good thing.

  • Benjamin Humeniuk

    Encouraged by your openness here. I felt like it took a good year to feel like we were fully settled in our new church/community– I can only imagine how it feels when you’re tasked with major leadership in the church you’re shepherding! Very excited about the new stage of this journey for y’all.

    So, how many folks in Bellville d’you think you’ll meet who read Wired? 🙂

  • Ditto on moving being a result of the fall of Adam…Excited to hear about the great work being done in Bellville! I ate Blue Bell ice cream in your honor…suffering for my fellow pastors…