Visa, Visa, Visa

May 4, 2009

The saga continues.  I didn’t see it coming, but the verdict is in: our visas have officially been denied.  Forget the fact that we will contribute to the Netherlands, both financially and socially, because the real issue is that Calvary Chapel is not on the “preferred religious organizations” list that the people who grant visas work with.  Tomorrow Nathan, Anna, Kate and I will be talking with Stan and his wife to figure out what all this means.

Here’s the good news:

– Because we are working to get Calvary Chapel on the Preferred Religious Organizations list, the final granting of visas should clear the way for future Calvary Chapel missionaries to come to the Netherlands.

– We will be allowed to stay in Holland as long as our visa application and appeal process is still in the works.

– The immigration lawyer in our church continues to be optimistic of our being granted visas.

Keep praying!

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Morning Number Two in Holland

November 10, 2008

First off, I can’t believe that we’ve only been here for two mornings.  Already it seems like we’ve been here for much longer.  Secondly, I’m pretty pleased with how we’re making the time zone transition so far.  Let me bring you up to speed.

Though we we’re sad to say our goodbyes at the airport on Friday (thanks for the note Ethan, Krista and parentals!), we had an awesome flight over.  The whole ten hours I think Jude probably slept for at least six hours and hardly cried once! (just one single yelp while waiting to eat!)  Thanks for your prayers for us there, they made a huge difference!
Our Current Home

The second story just above the guy next to the windows on the right is just below the apartment where we are staying on the second story.

Our first day here was a lot better than years past, but still a pretty miserable feeling day, with the time change and all.  Following an alright night of sleep, that started at eight and was interupted at 3:30 am when Jude decided it was morning, we had a great time at Cross Culture Calvary Chapel, our new church home, where we also spoke.  Yesterday, we mostly spent hanging with Tom and Zilka our hosts, just hanging and resting for the journey. 

You can be praying for us today as we begin the visa process (and discover what all we’ve forgotten to bring…).  Please be praying for us through this process as we go through what I’m anticipating will an agonizingly slow of transitioning into making Holland home–and this all with the three of us all having colds!  

Thanks for praying for us!  We lean on your prayers daily and look forward to the great things God has planned here in Holland!

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