“O you who hear prayer, to you shall all flesh come” (Psalm 65:2).
In our last update, we asked you to pray that our kids’ last passport would arrive. God heard our prayers and the very next week we received the passport for which we had been waiting. Praise the Lord! We were able then to send all our paperwork to Namibia and it arrived in the country last week. We just learned that yesterday all the documents and paperwork were taken to the Namibia Ministry of Immigration. Now, we wait… some more. It’s impossible to know exactly when a decision will be made but we’re told that it normally takes two to three months for the paperwork to be processed and a work permit/visa to be issued. So, we might hear back in January… You might read that and feel like it’s another agonizing wait for us but we’re happy that the ball is rolling and progress is being made. When we were in Kenya, there was a saying: Haraka, haraka, haina baraka; “hurry, hurry has no blessing.” So, we know that even though 2020 has seemingly been devoid of blessing for so many people, we believe that God is still working and active—He controls world events and nothing happens outside of his control. Nahum 1:7 reminds us, “The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him.” We’re learning to take refuge in Him!
Now that our application is in, we feel like we can responsibly start thinking about our upcoming move and a new life in Namibia. Please pray for us as we figure out moving and travel plans. It truly is bittersweet—the pain of goodbye and the excitement of the future. This will be our fourth major move and ‘restart’ in our lives as missionaries. It’s emotionally exhausting going through your belongings and deciding what to give away, what to put in storage, and what to take with you. The fact that we’ve been through this process several times doesn’t make it any easier. Please pray for us as we turn our thoughts to the future. There are also considerable costs in restarting and that also complicates the issue. If you would like to help with any of our relocation expenses, you can do so through the Africa Inland Mission website: https://usgiving.aimint.org/missionary/1060700
We’re so thankful for your support, your prayers, and your encouragement! We’ll keep you updated as things develop!