In 2014 I graduated from college and I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do after my summer job ended. I found myself deciding between a great sounding job and a youth internship in England. One I had expected, the other I never thought would happen in my life! It was the biggest decision of my life. After some deep soul searching and drawing advice from every source I had, I decided to go across the world to England. It was my first experience over seas and it was not a quick summer vacation. It was 9 months spent in the outskirts of London, serving the local and church and joining a community and family.
That internship turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life and sparked some of the most adventurous and challenging years of my life since. I grew so much as a person at all levels, made life-long friends, and discovered many truths about this world and the God who created it. I could write many pages about the experiences and revelations I received during my time in England, and maybe I will someday.
Since leaving the UK in June, 2015, I have not returned. It has been two long and yet incredibly quick years since I last embraced my dear friends, sipped an English ale, or rode on a train to the heart of London. But, praise the Lord, that will change in just a couple weeks. Yup, I’m going back to England for a visit!!
On April 27 I depart from Boston, USA, and will be in Orpington, England, till May 8. I am ecstatic about the chance to reconnect with people I grew so close to a few years ago. Friendship is the point of this trip. I won’t be exploring new places too much I don’t think, but instead intentionally meeting up and hearing about what my community has done and experienced the past two years. I know it won’t be exactly the same as it was and in some ways I’m nervous about that. But that’s why we need those “catch up” times isn’t it? Our lives move at different paces. I think it’s part of being in community to reach out to those dear to us and pull each other back into a place of understanding and closeness. If that means flying across the world people, it’s worth it. So worth it!
If you are going to be in England (especially the London area) during the first week of May let me know! It would be really great to see you. If you want to be part of this trip in any way, you are invited! Come with me, send some cash, tips, inspiration, contacts…you name it I’ll take it! I hope you’ll be part of this trip in some way. And maybe ask yourself, who is someone you can reach out to and reconnect with? Let me know how it goes!