So the past 18 months were quite the adventure. A series of moments and days where my understanding of faith and trust were stretched and tried and deepened. Events that I fully embraced and accepted, but that didn't make them any easier. I've tried to keep some of those things under wraps because I don't want my attempts to share my heart to ever come across as whining or complaining.
All that to say this, through a series of events I have landed in Ohio. I've been here for about three weeks now and it's snowed several times already. It's cold and I don't own a single sweater or a real winter coat. And only 2 miles from Lake Erie people keep talking about "lake effect" weather, but so far I'm not yet intimidated.
After years of working with new churches I have landed at a church that celebrated it's 170th anniversary this year. It's a completely different setting, operating in a fashion that is traditional, yet brand new to me. But they are giving me plenty of room to be creative and inventive within the student ministry. Typically I've built ministries from nothing, but this will be an opportunity to renovate and tweak an established program. A completely different experience.
So there are some things about Ohio I'm really looking forward to checking out.
- Cleveland Indians
- Cincinnati Reds
- Cedar Point Amusement Park
- A Cleveland Browns game (when the SF 49ers are in town)
- Rock and Roll Music Hall of Fame
- the house from 'A Christmas Story'
- some Skyline Chili down in the Cincy area
- this statue of Arnold Schwarznegger
- the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Okay. So I don't know much about Ohio. Do you have any suggestions for me?