Thoughts from the Drive to Detroit

I am on my way to Detroit.

The past few weeks have been that neat and annoying series of lasts. Last time I see this person, Eat here, Visit this place.

I sold all of my things in a yardsale a few weeks ago. Or what I thought was everything. Somehow after all of that I still had a difficult time squeezing things into my car. But I am sure I will have another purge as I unpack my car again in Detroit.

I have had a small tour de friends as I have been making my way to Detroit. I spent a few days in Chatanooga, TN with my friend Andrew Fulks, youth intern at East Brainerd Church of Christ. That served as a small vacation time for me, a needed Sabbath. I spent a good amount of time with his kids doing youth group things as well as alone time with Andrew on the couch watching season one of How I Met Your Mother. Like I said, needed down time.

From there it was to Columbia Tennessee for coffee with my friend Frank Collier, youth minister at 7th Street Church of Christ. Then to Nashville for coffee with Jacque Breuer at my favorite coffee shop, the Frothy Monkey.

I spent that night in Cincinnati, Ohio with Jami and Aaron. Jami is an old friend who I used to go to Nicaragua with on spring breaks. Her husband Aaron I had never met before, but like a lot. I kept them both up later than I should have.

From there I was an early morning and a drive to Fort Wayne Indiana to have lunch with my old friend Matt Ruiz who I’ve also been to Nicaragua with. We talked about church, church growth, Detroit, Fort Wayne, Nashville and Nicaragua. It was a good time.

Then I drove on to Detroit.

Harding is a pretty cool place. Jami and I were talking about this on the drive home from eating Cincinnati chilli the other night. Harding gave us an amazing network of friends, scattered all over the country. On this trip I was in Nashville, Chatanooga, Franklin, Cincinnati and Fort Wayne, seeing friends. This doesn’t include friends that I missed in Collierville, Cleveland, Lansing and Tuscaloosa. I have friends all over the country now and that is a blessing, but it is also a curse. As Jami pointed out, her best friends are scattered all over the country and she hardly gets to see them. The only one that is relatively close is still four hours away and that is hard.

The point is I think that some of the biggest users of teleportation, whenever it is created, will be Harding alum.


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About coleyoakum

My name is Coleman Yoakum. I am formerly a student at Harding University. Today you can find me in Detroit Michigan doing what I can to expand the Kingdom of God and preparing to start an intentional community in Pontiac. I enjoy reading, writing, photography, music and politics. I am sure that all of these things will find their way to this blog from time to time. Twitter: coleyoakum Facebook: Coleman Yoakum Email: Flickr:

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