I am SO glad you asked…
Hello! My name is Shelby. My husband and I are just a few (3) short days into the newest chapter of our lives. As many of our friends and family know, we recently sold and gave away most of our possessions to begin a lifestyle of full time RV’ing. We decided very early on to keep a vlog/blog of our journey. The good, bad, gross and everything in between. Though this journey has only just begun, it’s already proven to be difficult at times but also so much fun!
With that said, this is not only a travel blog. One of our deepest desires along this journey is to continue our ministry with servanthood, fellowship and discipleship. Wherever our feet…uhm, wheels…may land…we want to be the hands and feet of Jesus, and also have His love shine through us brighter than anything else.
So, why do you call yourselves “Nomad Christians”?
Nomad: a person who wanders from place to place. (1580–90; < Latin nomad- < Greek, stem of nomás pasturing flocks, akin to némein to pasture, graze)
Christian: having or showing qualities associated with Christians, especially those of decency, kindness and fairness.
(Christian also happens to be our last name…😉)
One of those most controversial topics we have faced with others while discussing our future plans is the topic of church. How will we go to church when we are living a nomadic lifestyle? How will we keep in touch with a like minded community?
Yes, we are still staying in the word. We are staying prayed up and filled up. And we are still in communion with people we trust to hold us accountable.
Our relationship with God is the most important part of our lives, it is part of our family history and something we value. We believe that the church should be important to us because it is important to God. He loved the church and He gave Himself up for it (Ephesians 5:25). Yet, as we’ve grown literally and spiritually, so has what our understanding of what the church actually is. Church is not a building, regardless of how beautiful the indoor fountain or stained glass is. That is not what Christ died for. Now, pat your chest…that’s the church. The church is us, the body of Christ. I believe Christ died for people. John 10:11 tells us that Christ is the Shepherd who lays down His life for his sheep. Sheep=person…Christ didn’t lay down his life for their barn or “building”. Therefore, my understanding has grown to realize that “church” is the body of believers who come together to worship, serve, and just love on others regardless of the day of the week, time of the day or location.
With that said, it is still important to worship communally as the Bible outlines in many scriptures, e.g., Hebrews 10:24-25, Colossians 3:16, Matthew 18:20, Acts 2:42, and Romans 10:17 just to give examples of a few. There won’t be a lack of fellowship and worship with this lifestyle thanks to the 21st century that we live in. It may be much less traditional than corporate worship. It may strike people as different and cause them to feel a certain way. What we have relied upon and will continue to rely upon is the Holy Spirit to bring wisdom and discernment throughout this journey.
If you are believer who hasn’t found their “church home” yet, we’d love to talk with you, encourage you and help find a church near you.
And, if you’re on the road like us, let’s get connected! We love video chatting, messaging, and hearing testimonies of how God is working in your life.
Til next time,