A Good Correction

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  • August 13, 2008

We just got our internet connection installed, so I should be able to resume posting more regularly. 

I was venting to a friend back in Boston that I feel so dumb because it feels like all we’ve done for the last two and a half weeks is get settled in. Our days have included setting up our apartment, trying to find jobs, getting 215 area code cell phone numbers, changing over our driver’s licenses, etc, etc, etc. Don’t get me wrong – in between all this, we have visited 4 local churches, hung out with people on our team, tried to meet people in Philadelphia, met with a potential church planting coach, and more. It’s just that we haven’t made any great ‘progress’ in planting 7 Mile Road.

My friend’s response was really good for me to hear. He said, “Stop it. Stop saying that you and Shainu aren’t working yet. You are!” My buddy had spent 2 years overseas and knows all about the life of a missionary. He said that when he got there, he was strictly advised not to even think that they would ‘do ministry’ for about a year. For a whole year, their job was to make a home for their family, get acclimated, learn the culture, learn the language, and dig really deep roots into their surrounding.

Now we may not need a year to do that, but my friend reminded me that settling in is a part of our work. There’s a language and a culture here that we’ve got to take time to learn. His correction was something I needed to hear. It gave me a new perspective for standing in line at PennDot to change over our licenses and our plates. I know it sounds silly, but that’s part of our work. It’s small, but I lived in Boston for 5 years and never changed my NY cell phone number or license. I’ve been here 2 weeks, and I’m changing both. We’ll be doing everything we can to become true Philadelphians…just don’t ask me to root for the Phillies.

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About Ajay Thomas

Ajay lives in Philadelphia with his wife Shainu and their kids Hannah and Micah. He is responsible for preaching and vision as a pastor at Seven Mile Road.


  • Ajay, first thing I thought when I got your new contact info was ‘he finally changed his cell phone number.’ I was dialing 518 for 5 years in Boston! Love that the new exchange is Philly and that you are hustling to identify with the place.

  • Asha G says:

    Ha, you guys had me all confused I kept dialing the 518 number and kept getting no response yesterday.

    Daddy was the one that told me you had changed your number. I was definitely a bit shocked…I only changed my cell phone number from 516 to philly digits sometime within the last year…it took me 8 years =)

    Anyhow, so glad you guys are finally here and excited to see how quickly you’re making this place your home!

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