Meet Russ and Amy
We live in Smalltown, USA.
Monmouth, IL to be more specific. A town of less than 10,000 souls, surrounded by corn fields in the west-central part of the state. Amy was born and raised in the area, but I hail from Southern California, though I've been in Monmouth for 23 years now. We met on June 27, 2013 and married a year later to the day.
I am in charge of maintenance at the local YMCA and Amy runs the town's chamber of commerce. We both love our jobs, but our lives do not revolve around our careers. The focus of our lives are Jesus, each other, and our children and grandchildren. We actively serve together at Harvest Bible Chapel Monmouth. On most Sunday mornings you can find us there leading the congregation in worship, and on Tuesday evenings we lead the church's recovery ministry. Recovery is something I have some personal experience with.
Over the next year or so, our lives will change so dramatically that we can scarcely imagine the adjustments to be made. From a sprawling house filled with possessions on an acre of land, to our entire lives being contained in a boat not 40 feet long. From comfortable paychecks every other week, to the total uncertainty of what the internet and a few generous souls might provide. From having a thriving local church to attend, to trying to start a church in a far away place, in a most unorthodox way. And perhaps the hardest part - going from seeing and holding our children and grandchildren several times a week, to the comparably infrequent visits home that our new life will afford.
It's not all fear and uncertainty though. Mostly, there is a great sense of excitement! Stepping out in faith knowing God will do great things if we keep our eyes on Him. He has poured out blessing upon blessing on us over the years, and I've no doubt He will continue to do so. We may just have to keep an eye out for blessings that look a little different than the ones we're used to.