Wow! Time is flying and it's hard to believe we have been here over 3 weeks now. We are adjusting and doing well. One of the cool things about our life right now is living in community with another family. About a year ago, I seriously considered what it would be like to live in community - that is to have 2 or more families living together in the same household. I wasn't sure at the time why God had laid it on my heart to consider the idea, but I did - for months I couldn't get it off my mind. I asked Him several times if He was asking us to look for a way to live this way. I felt, instead, that He was saying expect to live this way at some point - just consider it for now. I marvel as I realize that the Lord was gently preparing me for where we are right now! Back then we had NO idea we would be here, or anywhere other than our home on Pine Street in Clearwater! Isn't it amazing the way He leads those who desire His will in their lives - and so many times we aren't sure why He is saying something or even what exactly He is trying to tell us. But as time passes, what a blessing it is to be able to look back and realize "Aha, so this is what that was about, Lord!"
Please continue to keep us in your prayers as we seek to know exactly where it is God is placing us in various ministries here on the Island. We are realizing that there are a thousand things we could be involved in, and although it is very hard to wait, we want to be sure to plug-in exactly where HE wants us! We have our mission to work with young adults and to go out to camps and coves - and we want to stick by that, but to be strategic in how that happens can be tricky. So we thank you for your prayers!
We also want you to know a couple of cool things...
Alex continues to minister to the "local boys" through the skate park - only they have followed him back to the church and are now hanging-out here too! They stayed for church last Thursday night and one of them actually came to the service on Sunday - AMAZING!! Alex and Andrew were able to meet with the City Manager yesterday to continue plans for a new skatepark.
Andrew had his first "young adult" living in Avalon call him last week to go paddlesurfing! It was a great connection - his name is Scotty - and Andrew looks forward to continuing that relationship.
I (Shelli) started working with a woman in town helping her with in-home care (cleaning, cooking and such) as she is handicapped and needy. She is a lovely person, although an unbeliever, so we are thankful for this opportunity!
Gotta go make dinner...blessings to you all from the Hobbs! :)