This past week we celebrated Jordan’s 34th birthday and have been busy making final preparations with our shipping container to begin its journey to Fiji!
Today we received word that the container is leaving the warehouse in Houston, Texas and will begin it’s journey to Hawaii and then on to Fiji. Please pray for a safe and uneventful transit! We have heard horror stories of shipping containers falling into the ocean and we are praying ours doesn’t!
We recently had two unexpected expenses arise due to the extensive delay with the Fiji Immigration process. The shipping container with our possessions and a few thousand books (including 400 MacArthur Study Bibles and copies of Biblical Doctrine for pastors and church leaders) has been forced to wait to ship until our permit was in order and we now have a bill for over $4,000 due to the delay. In addition to this, the work permit process is about $3,200 more than expected as the government is requiring us to provide them with a bond for our exit expenses. This money is due upon our arrival in Fiji.
As a family we trust the Lord will provide for these needs and that there is no unexpected expense to Him. Nevertheless, we also know that this is an opportunity for Him to be glorified and involve others in His ministry in Fiji. So we ask that you would pray for these new financial needs, that the Lord would meet them far and above, and we ask that you consider making a special contribution to help meet these costs if you are able. We thank the Lord for you all and will keep you posted as we prepare to board a plane to Fiji on July 28!
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Our work permit for Fiji has been approved!
This morning we woke up to the most amazing news, we are now legally allowed to live and work in Fiji!
We can not thank you enough for your prayers and support during this first part of our journey. Waiting can be hard and living in uncertainty can be draining. There were many times over the past couple months here in Japan when we wondered why we were not able to arrive in Fiji sooner- especially while watching our family and friends visiting and ministering in Fiji without us being there! Yet ultimately, we knew then and believe even more firmly now that God’s timing is perfect.
Our family has a saying when we are having a hard time with wanting to know the outcome of something — “Just choose to trust the Lord because you don’t know how long of opportunity you have to trust Him.” Sometimes the wait is short. Sometimes the wait is long. It’s like that sermon illustration of the swimmer who gave up crossing the English Channel just a few hundred feet from shore. He couldn’t see the shoreline because of heavy fog. But he and others felt that if he could only have seen how close he was he would have made it. In trials, we don’t have the luxury to see the shoreline, or to know with certainty how or when they will end. But we do know that we can trust our Heavenly Father to guide us one step at a time to wherever the finish line may be.
We do not place our hope in the end of this visa delay, but even the most minute details of this serve as an encouraging reminder to us that God hand-picks our present situation for our benefit and His glory! In many ways, while this season of waiting now has a definitive end in sight, the real work is about to begin. Please pray even more diligently for our family as we transition again to a new country.
Fiji Airways re-booked our previous flights to leave Japan on July 28 and we have every human intention of being on that plane!
We would greatly appreciate your prayers for this upcoming transition:
- For the beginning of this new season in Fiji to go well for each member of our family
- That our shipping container would have no issues or additional delays and everything would arrive in good condition. After months living out of suitcases it would be so nice to have things that feel like ‘home’ again!
- For the Lord to provide the funds to cover the additional charges of the container and change fees.
- For a fruitful ministry once we arrive.
- That we would enjoy the ministry, the people, and the country that the Lord places us in (no matter where that is today or tomorrow!)
- That the Lord would keep us all healthy while transitioning and living in Fiji
- That the Lord would give us peace, wisdom, and confidence in Him each step of the way as we make a myriad of decisions from now until we are settled in Fiji.