It has now been over a month since Amanda, Ransom, Bella and I moved from the hot suburbs of Bluffton and Hilton Head and packed our things for Ridgeville, Givhans, and the Lebanon community.
First things first, we have so many people to thank on so many different fronts that it would be impossible to name you all. At Saint Andrew, our parting was bittersweet, but it was clear that we would remain in touch through the connection of the Methodist church, and we are so grateful for the encouragement as we entered transition.
When we arrived, the people of our three churches met us at our new parsonage and have been an incredibly welcoming presence. If all visitors to our churches are welcomed with arms as open as we have been welcomed, we have a bright future ahead as the Ridgeville charge makes disciples of Christ for the transformation of the world! The parsonage was completely remodeled from the time we visited months prior, and it was like a new home. Folks from all three churches were there to help us get our luggage in and visited with us as we determined where all our “stuff” needed to go. Afterwards, as we began opening boxes, the food and sweet tea brought to us by congregants helped us continue the charge, even as our first Sunday of worship was about to arrive and we would be traveling to all three churches and experiencing the Holy Spirit move in each.
We are now getting our bearings, and have visited Summerville, SC almost every third day. That’s where Target and Walmart and Harris Teeter (and Thrift Stores) are located…so we’ve done a lot of that. We found a coffee shop that we like thanks to some good folks that work nearby who suggested it to us. It is Coastal Coffee Roasters, which reminds me a lot of The Corner Perk in Bluffton. Coffee is roasted there on the spot, they have great drinks, and even use nitrous to spice of their cold brew iced coffees (which have an incredibly high caffeine content) – Good stuff.
And back to Ridgeville and Givhans, we’re not too far from Vaughn’s General Store, and there is a great pizza place in town called Christina’s. We actually got the internet for the first time at the parsonage, so our cellular data use has plummeted, and we were recommended to (and did) move from AT&T to Verizon (an ongoing process) because the signal out here in the country wasn’t strong enough…oh, and we got a home phone…never thought I’d do that again.
The only challenge we have come up against is that our house, which had originally been ready to sign and sell, is now back on the market due to a mortgage lender error in our first deal. If you know anyone searching for a house in the Bluffton area, we have a 4 bedroom home that needs a good owner. That link sends you to a tropical music 3D tour – so exciting. We loved that home but need to sell it as soon as folks need it. All in God’s hands and timing.
So here we are, getting to know some of the greatest people in the world, preparing for God’s will as we serve and love the people of this new area, and experiencing a new and exciting way of life. I’ve included a few photos, including my biscotti pic from the amazing Ice Cream Social that all three churches participated in (and home made ice cream floweth…ed.” It was amazing. God is good. This adventure suits us, as hard as it was to move, even with the little bits of stress, we are being blessed and hopefully will be a blessing to others. Pray for us as we discover God’s will and act out the mission He has for us!
To you all, blessings and peace,
Dan, Amanda, Ransom and Bella