Yesterday, we received good news from distant lands.
Our VISA applications for an upcoming trip had been approved!!
I never knew how crazy and nerve-wracking the process of applying to visit another nation could be.
Follow the steps.
Read, re-read, re-re-read every single line of both the instructions and the applications.
Check, double-check, triple-check every page.
Make sure every single ‘i’ is dotted and ‘t’ is crossed.
Attach a credit card number.
Overnight all the forms and your passport.
After all that, they tell you it will take ten business days. Then, unexpectedly, you receive your applications back. Four days.
Now, it’s not always–or even often–like that. Most of the time it takes the ten business days–or longer.
I don’t know if the quick turn-around was God’s hand, a lack of VISA applications to this particular nation, plain old hard-working people who really want you to visit their nation, or some combination of the three, but I know it happened and I thank God for His hand in the process.
So, what now?
Following the Christmas Holiday, we will embark on a 3,000 mile tour of the southwest of the US. We’ll visit churches in Colorado and Texas, as well as friends (both new and old) and family in Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, and Arkansas.
We return to Edmond on January 20.
Then, just 10 short days later, we will board a plane bound for a six-month stay in Central Asia. During our six-month stay, we will be primarily in two countries (we might jaunt over to a third country somewhere in the midst of that time) in our six-month (evenly divided largely due to VISA restrictions).
Our first three months will be a combination of further schooling and times of outreach. We will be attending a twelve-week school to help us further understand what life is like “on the field” full-time. This will aid us in working with front-line workers by helping us to understand the realities of “their world.”
In the second half of our trip (the half for which these particular VISAs were needed), we will be focusing on teaming up with some front-line workers who are helping the indigenous church (in both this country and others) to create wholly indigenous expressions of worship.
Throughout the six-months, we will talk with numerous believers (most of whom will be first-generation believers) and hear their stories of redemption. And in keeping with the cultural norms of Central Asia, we will drink copious amounts of tea and eat incredible amounts of Pide and Döner.
Upon our return home in July, we will hit the road again on an estimated 5,000 mile tour of the US telling stories of God’s great works in the nations!
Here’s where you come in.
Our work–taking the Gospel to the least reached–is done on a completely volunteer basis. We do not receive a salary for our work. Thus, we are completely dependent on the faithfulness of God–expressed through His people–to meet our living and travel expenses.
In other words, we need your help. We need you on this journey with us.
Our total expenses for the next six months are roughly $3,000 per month. This covers all of our travel expenses, living expenses (places to stay/food to eat), in-country transportation, insurance, VISAs, etc.
There’s a couple of ways that you can help. First, you could make a tax-deductible, one-time donation. If you’d like to do that, then click here to be taken to our “Partner With Us” page.
The second way is to become one of our ENGAGING THE SPHERES partners. You can get more information by following one of the below links:
- Partner with us as a Family.
- Partner with us as a Church.
- Partner with us as a Business.
- Partner with us as an Educator, School, or Classroom.
- Partner with us as a Government employee.
- Partner with us as an Artist or Entertainer. (The equipment in this area has been purchased for us.)
- Partner with us as an Author or Media employee.
Finally, above all, we appreciate your prayers for us as we go.
Thank you for prayerfully considering partnering with us on this journey! We are grateful for you!!