Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Much ado about... whatever is the complete opposite of nothing!

It has been almost a full month since I have posted something here.  Much has happened since my last posting, and I'll do my best to fill in the details.  When I last posted, my family and I were down in Nampa, Idaho where I was going through flight standardisation as we prepare to head to Uganda.  If you have not yet heard, I completed standardisation and was informed that I had passed and we are recommended to "take flight" for service overseas!  This was fantastic news, but we had no time to celebrate as early the next morning we loaded our mini van up to the brim and headed up the road.  Our border crossing into Canada was extremely uneventful (another answer to prayer) and we pulled into my parents yard 3 days later.  Our van has performed admirably throughout all of our travels in the last couple of years, and we are also very thankful for that.  Now one of the "things to do before we go" is to prepare it for sale.  Getting a good price for it here will go a long way towards being able to buy a reliable vehicle in Uganda, where vehicle prices are even higher than they are here.

We arrived back "home" on a Sunday, and the next morning began the push towards being ready to leave when the date arrives.  The date that we are looking towards is April 16th, when we fly out of Grande Prairie, going through Edmonton, Calgary and London before landing in Entebbe, Uganda at approximately 7:30am local time on the morning of April 18th.  Our first week back home saw a lot of time spent online doing some required shopping before we leave.  It needed to be done at that time so that the items ordered would have time to arrive before we leave.  I finally decided on and purchased a water filter as well as several other important items, and they have almost all arrived at this time.  I am still waiting on some pilot shirts, but they should arrive here some time this week.

One other huge answer to prayer that has happened recently has to do with our work permit.  Because of a series of events which I won't bore you with here, our plan was to arrive in Uganda using tourist visas to get in the country.  We expected that between 3 and 5 months later my work permit would make it's way through the red tape and at that time I would receive my work permit.  Several people (that I know of) who pray for us regularly took it upon themselves to pray the work permit through so that we would have it before we left for Uganda, and again God answered prayer.  Last week my work permit was approved, and now I will be able to begin "normal" work as soon as we arrive in Uganda.  There was great celebration on both sides of the Atlantic ocean when this news was received.

There are still a few important things that need to be taken care of this week, but we are working through them item by item, and we are looking forward to next Monday (in 6 days) when our "to do" list ceases to matter any more.  At that time anything that is left on the list just isn't important any more.  Aaahhhhh!  Relief!  Having said that, it is going to be a difficult week as the goodbye's begin in earnest.  I'm sure that many hugs will be given and many tears shed throughout the remainder of the week as we see people for the last time for several years.  Even knowing about the emotional wringer that lies ahead of us in the days to come, we are still terrifically excited to finally be headed over to serve God overseas, doing what he called Karen and I to do almost 13 years ago.

Thank you again to all of you who have been praying for us and encouraging us in both word and deed.  You will never know how much your support means to us.

Romans 16:25-27  (NIV)
"Now to him who is able to establish you in accordance with my gospel, the message I proclaim about Jesus Christ, in keeping with the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all the Gentiles might come to the obedience that comes from faith— to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen."

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