As we have spent time over the past 2 years dreaming about this new community and what it will look like, some key themes have risen to the top. This section seeks to outline some of these core ideas: We will focus on discipleship above church planting. We believe that when you focus on making disciples, a church will be a natural outflow.
In 2012 our family moved from Ithaca, NY (a college town of about 33,000 people) where we'd lived for 18 years to Dublin, Ireland. While Dublin is a very different place from Ithaca, it was a relatively smooth transition. In fact Liz and I have both commented several times how quickly Dublin felt like home for us. And although the transition was not quite as smooth for a couple of the kids, when we were back in the States for 4 weeks last summer, each of our 3 teen-agers commented that they were looking forward to getting home to Dublin. Now I'm sure that there were other factors that went into helping us transition so quickly to feeling at home in a city that is not only in a different country, but different in so many ways from where we spent the past 2 decades, but I wanted to share 5 that stood out to us.
This morning I was getting ready to make breakfast for everyone, but needed to go out & buy some eggs (since last night's egg nog used the last of them.) While driving along the coast, I noticed that the water looked higher than normal. I drove down a bit further and saw that we had a bit of flooding over night. Thought I'd share a couple pictures with you.
We like our new neighbourhood. We have already met more of our neighbours here than we did in a year up in Raheny (more of a statement about the layout of our previous estate, and that our house was a bit tucked away, than about Raheny). Every encounter we'd had in our new place has been great. People have been really friendly.