We are so excited that we have finally made it! It’s been quite a crazy week so far filled with appointments to the bank, to the visa office, apartment hunting and ikea shopping. All and all we are doing well. We are having normal transitions that we expected and lots to take in for sure. This will be a short note because we are having to connect at a local McDonald’s because of very limited internet. Communication and life are slower on this side but we will try to maintain contact as frequently as we can until we are in our own space.
Thanks for praying for our trip over! It went very well. All 3 of the kids slept a great amount and we adjusted to the time change faster than we all expected!
Here are some ways that you can be praying now:
– Pray for school decisions. We just secured a place to live today!! Tomorrow we are registering at the local office here and we suspect that getting our names in the system will kick an inquiry for Ellison to go to school. We heard about a transitional school for kids who don’t know German and are praying that they will accept our appeal and let her in.
– We will be transient for the next month or 2 as things are worked out for our apartment. Please pray for patience as we continue to live in this mode. We are all ready to have a “home” of our own but we are praying that God will give us what we need each and every day to serve his well! We are currently living in the home of a widow in the local church as she is on vacation over the next 3 weeks. Once this time is up we need guidance for where we should head next as a family.
– Patience in this transition. It is very hard to not understand everything and to not be understood. We are thankful for people who are graciously taking their time to go to foreign affairs, cell phone companies and banks with us to make sure we understand everything and to help us get set up.
– Pray for the visa process. We are a bit burned from Austria although we have been told that it should be an easy process here, we are just putting our hope in the Lord and trusting him to lead us and others who are working with us.
-Pray for our kids as so much around them is different. Pray for courage for Ellison as she faces the biggest challenge of us all right now. Pray for Jude that he would be able to articulate his emotions and that we could support him through all of these changes with patience. Pray for Ian and Beth to be a untied force for our children and for peace and courage as well as we are put into lots of situations where we probably look really ridiculous trying to navigate this language.
Blessings to all of you! Thanks for your support.