Wow, store I apologize for so much time passing since our last post. So much has happened and we’re just now getting to a point where we can take a minute and catch up on what’s been going on. This is probably a good time to throw in a link to our Facebook Group page where we post quick updates fairly often.
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In a nutshell, we said our goodbyes in Costa Rica, made our way to the States and covered Michigan, Georgia and Illinois in a crazy rush to get our visas to live in Colombia, have our ordination service and ship our belongings out to Colombia. It was insane, to say the least, but at the end of May we arrived in Colombia, spending a day in Bogotá before heading to Medellín.
These first few months in the country have been a whirlwind. It took a while for us to be able to move into our own apartment. Imagine someone entering the States with no credit history and no references. That was us, here in Colombia. Just when we felt we had exhausted every avenue, God intervened in an amazing way, placing a landlord in our path who is Colombian, but lives in the States and attends one of our supporting churches. Not only was she willing to rent her apartment to us at an extremely discounted rate, but it is a beautiful apartment that we really love.
Another step has been getting to know the pastors, churches and the wonderful people who attend them. We visited several churches and are in the works of collaborating to launch ministries. We have found a church to call home and base ourselves, which is a huge blessing. One of the biggest challenges for us through itineration is feeling disconnected from a home base because of constant travel. We have missed being able to plug into a church, join ministry teams and create a family with brothers and sisters we see regularly. We have found a wonderful church where Alex is working on the media team, Corey and I will be helping with youth ministry and Maggie has been asked to help with the children’s ministry. On top of that, the pastoral staff has a vision that matches so well with what we feel God has called us to do, we are excited to join forces and spread the gospel through Medellín.
We’ll be sharing more as we go along. We have learned so much and are continuing every day to learn more about the city, the people, the culture and what God has for us.