Vagabond No More?Posted: February 27, 2017
My festival name, also known as my “Burner” name, is Vagabond Stillwater. I’ve moved 9 times in the last eight years. I’m about to move again, this time maybe more permanently.
My life, which never seems to be anchored anywhere, is changing again.”Again” doesn’t really properly describe what’s happening, as my life has been in a state of flux, maybe for its entirety, certainly for the last eight years.
Anyway, I’m moving to Alabama to live with my amazing wife, Yolanda! Yolanda works with children at risk as a mental health therapist. The situations she deals with are heartbreaking, and I feel that heartbreak every day as she tells me about her day. She is very good at what she does and has the strength and grace to deal with it all.
The poverty in Alabama is crushing. It goes deeper than economy. I have seen devastating poverty in Mexico, but there was not the poverty of hope or joy; the people there had both hope and joy. That is not the case in Alabama, which is sad and frustrating, because it is the “Bible Belt”. Where, then, is the hope and the joy? Anyway, I feel I must do something. But I have no idea what.
So my ministry is changing. I won’t be focusing on festivals in this season, though I still believe festival ministry is vitally important. But I’m being drawn to the poorest among us. I think I always suspected that that is where I would end up – among the very poor.
I’m leaving Sunday, March 5, for North Carolina, to work and make some money. I’ll probably be in NC for 2-3 weeks, after which I’ll go on down to AL. I do not know what will happen, ministry wise, at that point. I could use your prayers. I’m ecstatic, of course, about finally living with my wife, but I have no idea what ministry will look like at that point.
In addition, I hope to overcome my laziness about writing and begin to post blogs more regularly. I have a lot of things in my heart to share and address, but I really am lazy about writing.
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