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Prepping and Moving, by S.F.

Thursday, July 7, 2016 0:25
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As many of you probably did, we started prepping before we really thought about moving. In the process we procured a lot of provisions that we felt would serve us well in some sort of catastrophe. It’s certainly true that skills are important but so too are food, medical supplies, guns, and a myriad of other necessities– necessities that take up space and are heavy, if not individually then certainly in aggregate.

A number of years back I came to the conclusion that God was leading me to serve as a pastor. A couple years passed before I was in a place to actively start pursuing this, and in January of 2013 I started seminary. By the following year, through a series of experiences, we decided it was time to start looking for a place to serve. Without any specific direction we concluded that if possible, we would look for a church to serve at in Alaska. We were honest with ourselves and understood that the move from a larger suburb in Colorado to a small town on the road network in Alaska would be about the biggest move we could make successfully. Our family was not prepared to move to an off the grid bush community. In the summer of 2014 we were invited to preach and subsequently offered a position at a small church in Alaska. And then the fun started.

We had two primary considerations or restraints that needed to be resolved in order to effect our move. First, we had to sell our home, and second we had to figure out the work situation. The second dragged out for almost nine months, but God intervened at the right moment to provide the kind of work I needed. The first went more rapidly, but this was not necessarily a good thing. After we listed our home, it took about two months to actually sign a deal to sell the home; the challenge with this was that the new owners wanted to move in within six weeks during half of which time my wife and kids would be gone on a family visit. While we had purged a lot of our stuff in this short period of time (particularly books), we could have done a lot better in paring down our things and only taking what was necessary if we had had more time. As a result we ended up having to rent two storage units for about seven months, while we waited for the job to align. Relationally, it also put a lot of stress on the family, which we really didn’t need. If at all possible when moving, give yourself time to think through the various aspects of the move and start purging before you are ready to actually move.

As alluded to above, we moved in phases. After we sold our house, it was another seven months before we actually left Colorado for Alaska. When it was finally time to leave, we were confronted with the issue of how to move our remaining goods.

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