What We Believe
Kent & I are born again Christians who believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the Lord of our lives. He died to pay for our sins (so we don’t have to!) and God raised Him from the dead. Jesus is at the right hand of God the Father and He sent the Holy Spirit to help us.
that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. Romans 10:9-10
Of course, there’s a lot more to the story, but this is the basic gospel of Jesus Christ.
Questions for RV Nomads
Many of you have asked us questions like:
“Where do you go to church while living on the road?”
“Is it difficult to find other Believers to connect with?”
“Where do you worship?”
“What do you do for personal bible study and devotions?”
We’ve talked about this a little bit on a couple YouTube videos, but I think this topic is important enough to dedicate this blog post and answer these questions more thoroughly. If you’re a Believer and you’re thinking of launching into this Nomad life, I hope you will find the answers and encouragement you’re looking for here.
Since our only vehicle is our motorhome, it is quite a challenge to attend a local church building on a Sunday morning. We’ve managed to make it happen several times by planning a travel day to include a morning service, borrowing a car, or simply packing up the rig and driving into town for church! It’s actually really cool to finish the service, walk across the parking lot, and start making lunch ’cause you’re already at home.
We’ve also taken advantage of a few Campground church services and that is a very different experience than what we’re used to as they are usually very small groups of people and a capella singing but the people are typically friendly and the preaching has been biblical. It reminds me of a house-church setting and it definitely has advantages; not the least of which is the convenience of walking through the campground to get there.
Because our home church in Alberta is a Calvary Chapel church, we specifically look for these churches in places we travel because the hallmark of the Calvary Chapel movement is to teach God’s word “verse by verse and line by line” but there is still a huge variety of styles within this movement. I remember one week I told Kent that I just NEEDED to find a big church with loud worship music and lots of people so we went to the Calvary PHX church in Phoenix and I loved it! It was exactly what my soul was thirsty for.
When it just isn’t feasible to physically get to a church, we watch our home church service online through Livestream. I actually love this option because it feels familiar as we recognize the faces and voices on the screen. Of course, there have been times when there is no WiFi or cell connection and in those cases we either catch up with the service later through the audio recording or we do something completely unconventional!
There have been many times when I’ve been out enjoying God’s beautiful creation and I am moved to give Him praise and worship Him. It is important to remember that we worship the Creator, and NOT the creation, but I do believe that His creation points us to Him.
For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. -Romans 1:20
We can worship God anywhere and at anytime because
God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth. -John 4:24
That being said, we definitely benefit from being part of a church service and engaging face-to-face with other Believers in a corporate setting as we worship God together. As awesome as it is to personally worship my Lord on the beach at sunset, there is something profound that happens when I worship in a room of fellow Believers as we all praise Him together. Both are powerful but in completely different ways.
And let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near. Hebrews 10:24-25
Even before we began this RV Nomad life, I was encouraged by other Christians that the Lord would provide fellowship as we travelled and this has happened so many times I can’t even count them! We have met so many wonderful people who love the Lord and spent times of prayer, worship, teaching, encouragement, and fellowship together. Some places where we’ve had these precious moments of “body ministry” are:
- church sanctuaries
- parking lots
- hot tubs
- online through social media
- fire pits
- laundry rooms
- in the desert
- in various RV’s
- clubhouses & lodges
- and many more
If you’re unsure about being an RV Nomad because you might be lonely on the road, simply ask the Lord to lead you into the lives of fellow Believers and He will. What an incredible family He has given us out here.
Personal Bible Study
One thing I really miss is teaching a weekly Ladies Bible Study. I tried to set one up online, but it hasn’t worked out yet. So, I wait on the Lord and I know that one day He will provide an opportunity for me to use my spiritual gift of teaching once again.
In the meantime, I spend time in His word daily and I really enjoy using the SOAP method. If you’ve never heard that term before, check out the little blurb below and give it a try. Who knows, this might be exactly what you’ve been looking for to revitalize your bible reading time.
Another thing that brings me life is to listen to praise and worship music so I often do that while I’m cleaning, cooking, driving, or just relaxing.
Outreach & Ministry
We all know that being a Christian isn’t all about receiving, much of it is about giving as well and there are MANY opportunities to give to others while living on the road. We have many stories of how the Lord has used us to encourage other Believers who have either forgotten who they are in Christ or who have deliberately walked away at one point and are ready to return into relationship with Him.
We’ve also had the opportunity to be a light in this dark world by praying for people’s needs right where they’re at and through our YouTube channel.
If you don’t know how the Lord will use you in this life, just ask Him to show you then do what He says. It’s an incredibly humbling and fulfilling way to grab life by the tale.
S: Scripture. Ask the Lord to show you one or two verses from today’s chapter in the Bible that He wants you to think about. Maybe it’s something that convicts you or that you need to act on. Maybe it’s something you don’t really understand yet but just want to ponder it a bit longer. Write that verse out word for word.
O: Observation. This is your opportunity to find the facts; and ONLY the facts! Ask who, what, where, when, why, and how for the verse above. Does the verse remind you of another verse in scripture? Write that one out, too. But remember, we’re only observing the facts… no interpreting the data just yet.
A: Application. Okay, this is where you can write out how this verse applies to your life today. Is there something the Holy Spirit is asking you to specifically do or say? After studying this verse, do you have more understanding how it applies to life in general? Or maybe you learned something that you can use to encourage a friend.
P: Prayer. Start by praying specifically for the things the Holy Spirit has shown you today. Ask Him to help you walk in obedience to God’s word and to give you the courage and boldness to do whatever it is He wants you to. Submit your will to His. Then take as much time as you need to write out more prayer. Praise. Thanksgiving. Requests. Worship.
And that wraps it up! I know it sounds like a lot but it really doesn’t have to take a long time each day… although sometimes, it is nice to spend extra time with Him.
I realized why walking along the edge of this vast canyon in the beauty of the golden sunset with a dusting of snow on the ground moved me so deeply…