As we prepare to return home i have lots of reflective thoughts on our time here. Partner that with trying to read 3 books right now, all of which are about trying to live out our faith in a more relevant way.
Its no accident that i am reading these books at the same time, in fact 1 of the books has referenced another… i could have saved time and just read 1 of those 2.
Anyways, one such book called “How Youth Ministry Can Change Theological Education-If We Let It” (2016). Edited by Creasy-Dean & Hearlson has this quote in Chapter 6. “…people that set out on a geographical journey often have a mindset ripe for change, but once they leave home, they also experience insulation from the usual influences of their lives. Which sets them free to move in different directions and experiment with different identities”. Jeffrey Kottler who wrote this , also goes on to say “It should not be surprising, then, that geographic journeys that separate learners from established social networks impact their thoughts, emotions and behavior.”
That sums up what we have experienced and most likely what we will experience again in New Zealand. Even though its my home I/we have gone back and forth between the US & NZ in the past 16years we sense that this place is brand new. And even though i really am going home (to the province where i was born and raised) this time there is a sense that we have added to our skill set enough in the previous 2 years to prepare us for whats next. And then sometime in the future we will leave NZ and come back here for what ever we feel called to do based on what preparing we do in NZ.
This doesn’t mean we are alway looking for the next train, or bus or plan ‘outta here. But recognize we will still live in the moment and be present and participating in the moment. I think we have certainly done that here in the past 2+years.