- Praise that things really are going well. I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop. I have had a few moments. Moments of acutely intense pain of missing family, primarily. But all in all, I have to say, I'm very grateful for how it's gone so far. Many thanks to you all for praying, and to the Lord for his sustaining faithfulness. Praying we continue to trust Him to meet our needs as we look to more changes.
- Praise for a vehicle we are renting from a family on home assignment. The one we purchased needed some work, so we borrowed this other one, and it has been a huge help to me to adjust to driving here. It is much smaller, which is easier to manage on the crowded roads and parking garages. It is not fancy, so I'm not that concerned somebody will want to steal it. And most importantly, it is not a stick shift. Yeah! So i can focus on staying on the right side of the road. (I mean the left. You know what I mean.) Which is harder than you might think. I do really well if i only have to make left turns. ;-). I am curious to know, in this city of something over 3 million, how many traffic lights there are. I've seen one. Some intersections have traffic circles, and some just have a free for all. It's a bit stressful. So, grateful to have the use of this car for awhile, to help me get used to things.
- Pray for our residency cards. We sent in our paperwork long before we got here, but it is not uncommon to have to wait quite awhile. However, we are looking for it any day now. (Any Wednesday, to be exact. They meet to approve such things on Wednesdays. But don't wait till you wake up on Wednesday. Try when you go to bed on Tuesday night :-) Also, our crate has left the safe and predictable shores of the USA and is now in transit. I am holding my breath. For two months ;-). The insurance people we talked to said they would only insure it for the time it was on the ship. Unfortunate, because the leg of the journey I am more concerned about is the overland trip, through customs, and right to our door. It ended up being twice as much as we thought to ship it, so a big prayer request is that it will come through customs without us being taxed at a huge percentage.
- Pray for maintenance orientation for Patrick, and language study for Jana. This is what is taking up the bulk of our time now. Both of us want to apply ourselves in this season of (still) training, so we can be well equipped for our future ministries. Patrick is actually working on planes, doing real important things. I am actually building relationships, becoming more familiar with culture (although that is a lifelong pursuit). But it can still be a challenge not to wish ourselves done with the next 4-6 months.
- I know we just got here, but it isn't our final stop. We have one more. As you may remember, AIM Air has 3 bases, and we are moving to one in northern Kenya in a town called Lokichoggio. (If you google this, I can save myself typing out why I am offering this as a prayer request! ;-) I will talk about it more later. Our current prayer request is that we would like to find a way to go up there for a short visit. Even overnight. Its a bit of a drive, so driving isn't really feasible. But flying, even with AIM Air, is expensive. We may need to leave the kids here, and find someone they can stay with. There are alot of unknowns. We are planning on moving in a few months.
Thank you all for your partnership, for checking the blog, and for praying for us and rejoicing with us.
Have a wonderful Resurrection Day, reveling in the knowledge that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. And not only us, but every single person on earth. Even those who have not yet heard His name.