After years of planning, dreaming and praying Amsterdam is now our home. The next chapter starts now.
Looking back over the last few weeks we can reflect on a great send off from so many in Brighton. We’ll miss Church of Christ the King hugely. We’re leaving behind so many great friends from there who’ve been incredibly supportive, particularly over the last few months and weeks. Thanks to you all for your generosity; for the countless encouragements and all the practical help offered and delivered. What a church.
We’ll also miss the kids School back in Portslade. There were many tears, and so many warm words at the kid’s farewell assembly.
Our new home
We arrived on Saturday to a baking hot Amsterdam summer’s day. Unloading boxes in 36c is an experience I don’t want to soon repeat. Within about 30 minutes our house was full of kids from our new street who all wanted to say ‘hallo’ and have an explore, and within a few days we’d all enjoyed some American brownies and the best BBQ I’ve ever had courtesy of our new neighbours.
Navigating life in a new culture has its challenges. Everything seems twice as complicated, not withstanding the obvious language barriers, even our first successful food shop felt like a small victory. Thankfully our existing Dutch friends have been super helpful, and our new Amsterdam neighbours have patiently been helping us along the way too.
We can’t wait till the rest of our fledgling team arrive in the city over the next few month. We’re excited about the many new faces that will join us too.
Also, I’m speaking at Redeemer church in The Hague this Sunday, come and say hi if you’re in the area.