August 22, 2009
The Hagerman family will be moving into a rental home in the nearby town of Carapegua, as of September 1. We're really excited about the opportunities this will open up for us. We've been living in a lovely little house on the church campgrounds here, working mostly in this small community. There is a definite need that keeps presenting itself to us, however, and we'd begun to feel the tug that direction a few months ago. We started praying about what we should do, and God opened a few doors for us to jump through.
There are lots of teens and young adults in this town, as it's the largest in the area and is home to several colleges/universities. On the weekends, the town park is FULL of young folks hanging around with nothing to do (but drink, mostly). We are moving into a building that has a large garage-type bottom floor, with a couple bedrooms on top. The plan is to open up the bottom floor for small group meetings, Bible studies, English classes, and then a Christian club on the weekends. We will continue to drive out to the neighborhood we've grown to love so we can keep ministry happening here, but we'll have access to a group of young people who'd been a bit out of reach before. There are tons more details to this, but for now, that's the jist of it.
We are all sad to move further from the neighbors we've grown so close to, but we're excited about the possibilities awaiting us. The girls are excited because this "home" has a flat roof that can be used as a patio area, and it just seems cool to hang out on the roof, right? Their bedroom will be a bit bigger, too, so Amber won't be so squished. Caroline is having some issues parting with her chickens, although several neighbors have offered to care for them. And on that note, please pray that we handle the move with grace. To people that don't understand work done for the Kingdom, saying that God is leading us in this direction makes no sense. So we are trying to make sure that our questioning neighbors understand fully that they've not offended us and that we've loved living in their community, and are appreciative of the way they've accepted us. Several have been offering us land to build a house on out here. Isn't that just sweet? We still want to see God move in them and are trusting that He can even use our move to draw them closer to a relationship with Him.
If any of you have questions about the move, please feel free to leave a comment or contact us by email--replace the (dot) with a . in the following... hagerman100@yahoo(dot)com