About 6 months after we had originally planned, the time has finally arrived for me to make an exciting announcement!
I am leaving for Angola on July 8th!!!!
After months of praying, waiting, and praying some more, the majority of the team has had their visas issued and we have purchased our plane tickets. I am SO excited to finally be making it to the place my heart has been for so long! We still don’t fully understand God’s timing, but we have seen good come of our delays on this end. And we trust that God is working all according to His purpose for Angola.
It was certainly a bit of a shock at first. I have felt like I was in a holding pattern so long here that it took me a while to really believe we were actually going. But I am ready and so joyful to begin this next step of the journey. Thank you all for going this distance with me.
I am caught up in the bustle of getting rid of things accumulated during my time here, making travel plans, arranging for housing once we arrive, and trying to anticipate what will be needed for the first few months in Angola. A great blessing received is an available house for our team when we arrive in Huambo! Most, if not all, of us can crowd in while we search for other housing possibilities. It is reported to have a well that we can use to fill the water tanks and electricity, that will function when the electricity is running in the city. 🙂 This is a huge blessing. We were preparing to possibility go without these conveniences for a while, so this is pretty exciting. We all hope not to have to live together in the same house longterm though, so please pray other places to live will become available to our team when we arrive.
When we arrive, we will spend a week or two in the capital city registering with the embassy, visiting the office of religious affairs, meeting with church leaders, getting the paperwork required for bank accounts turned in, making arrangements for shipping our container, and whatever else might need to be done. After this time we will travel down to Huambo and begin settling in and getting to know the people we will be ministering to and alongside.
I would like to ask that you specifically remember my team-mate Robert in your prayers. His is the only remaining visa that still remains to be issued at this time and we are praying that it will be issued soon so he will be able to enter the country with the rest of us. Please pray that His visas is issued this week.
Please pray that our visas which are on their way via the mail system arrive safely.
Our team-mates the Campbells will be staying in Portugal until after their baby is born. Please remember the Campbells as they remain behind, and the rest of the team as we miss them in Angola.
Please keep our final time in Portugal in your prayers. I will be saying good-bye to many people who have become dear friends, and who have taught me so much. I pray that I am able to leave well, having accomplished God’s purpose for me during this time, and leaving a firm foundation of friendship for those who I have come to know here.
And finally please be praying that God will prepare the way clearly for us as we begin the next phase of our service to Him in Angola!
Praise God for His never-ending kindness and care for us!
Love from a very excited,