Greetings to you all. We hope you find some interesting bit of news of our family and what we are up to. May the Lord bless you and keep you.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Visas, Houses, and Moving

Hello all. We wanted to tell you all of our progress so far. There really isn't much to say but to ask for your continued prayers as we follow God down this rather difficult path. But nothing is to difficult for our God. If He can make all that we see around us and the stars and the heavens then He can take us from one side of this planet to the other.

So here is what we have so far. Both the UK and Holland have rather strict rules for immigration, surprise surprise. Like I said, my God is bigger than borders. We have emailed both countries immigration offices and are just now waiting to hear back from them as to cost, possibility, length of process time and so on. We have seen for the UK anyways that certain visa application processes take around three weeks to three months. One option looks hopefull and that is a long term visit visa however it has us leaving the UK every six months for about six month periods, but they can be got for 10 years. So we'll see.

On the house option we have a very beautiful option in my favorite little scottish town of Oban on the west coast. The town is called the Gateway to the Isles as many of the ferry trips to the western scottish islands depart out of the harbor there. So it sees alot of traffic which is ideal for backpackers. and the house is great. Eight bedrooms, use to be run as a bed and breakfast. Wonderful location in the town, situated between two hostels so great for attracting attention from backpackers. The price, a mere 430,000 dollars. Our God is bigger right? Well He made the sun and the stars that are bigger than our sun, and He made the gold and silver backing those dollars and pounds so yes, He is bigger.

As you can see we are facing a very daunting task, but we have a very big God on our side. Please be praying for us as we face these giants, 1 that we would keep God at the center of all this, 2 that we would remember how Big He really is, and 3 that all this would come together in His time. Thank you all for reading up on us and God Bless you all.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Death and suffering

Those of you who know me (nate) well know that I have a dog named Mish. I got her as a christmas present 14 years ago when we moved down here to New Mexico. Well my good friend Mish died just a few days ago. It was a very hard time for me because for years while I was in africa no matter what I always asked how she was doing when I called home. She had always been there. When I went over to put her in for the night after I got off work that is when I found her. She had got so old that she was no longer able to walk on her own so you had to pick her up just to move her. The day before she gave me a sign. She bit me on the arm and on the ear when i tried to pick her up. Then the next morning I put her out for the day. Later that day is when i found her. I am happy because I was praying that God would take her home so that I would not need to make the decision to put her down, but all the same it hurts.

Why does it hurt? Because in this fallen world death is our enemy. Everything is affected because of our sin against God. Romans 8:20 makes it clear that the creation was unwillingly subjected to death becuase of one man's sin. There was no death before, and praise God that through Jesus there will be no death again. Death hurts, the loss of a friend hurts, but there will come a day when all our tears are wiped away. I don't know if I will see Mish again. While animals have a soul scripture does not say if they have an eternal spirit like us. But I thank God that I was blessed with her for a little while.