We did it! We made it through language school!
This last month has been a whirlwind of activity and transition for our family. We finished our final papers for language school. We packed up almost all of our belongings and sent them to Tarakan in a shipping container. We graduated from language school and then threw a
pizza KFC fried chicken and rice party for the teachers. (Because it isn’t a meal without rice!) We said so many good-byes; to the teachers at school, the guards at the international school, our neighbors, our friends, our MAF teammates, the students and people I played basketball with on Sunday nights, our favorite restaurants, our house for a year, and the list goes on. Many were tearful good-byes but they were joyful as well. It is amazing the impact and intimacy that can take place in less than a year. I had the opportunity to climb the most active volcano in Indonesia, Mt. Merapi, with some of my friends. At the peak, we looked into the crater and could see several steam vents and smell sulfur. It was a great way to say good-bye to central Java.
We were so blessed by our time in Salatiga. As we drove away from the house and our neighbors, we both agreed that this has been the hardest year of our marriage (from the stress of living in a new culture, learning a new language, and all of the medical issues we faced along the way) but it has also been the most rewarding and it has driven us very close together as a family. We will look back with fondness on our time in Salatiga, but we are excited to start fixing and flying and set up our home in Tarakan.
After we left Salatiga, we spent a few days in Jakarta at the guest house. We had a few medical things to take care of (Adelina’s glasses, well-checks for the kids, immunizations, and even a visit to the dentist). I also did my annual flight physical and I am proud to announce that I am fit to fly with 20/20 vision. The test is a bit more intense than in the US, but I am happy that Indonesia does a thorough job of checking on the health of their pilots and flight attendants. In addition to all of our medical visits, we also spent some time with our language school bosses and debriefed on our year in language school. They did an outstanding of job of helping us transition to life overseas as well as walking with us through the many trials we faced. We grew close with them and were blessed by their leadership and friendship.
After our time in Jakarta, we said good-bye to Java (at least for a few months) and flew to our new home in Tarakan. We finally made it! It is amazing to look back on the many years of preparation and see that we have arrived at our destination. This is truly an exciting time! While we get settled and do an orientation here on the field, we would like to share a few ways in which you can pray for us.
- Our house in Tarakan is almost ready for us to move into. The team in Tarakan has been working extremely hard to get our house ready. They have been painting, fixing, cleaning, and doing all sorts of things to get the house in tip top shape. We are hoping to move in early this week as we have been living with our new boss and his family, Steve and Laura Persenaire. Please pray that the rest of the repairs go smoothly and we can move in soon.
- Most of our furniture from Salatiga has arrived in Tarakan, but our crates from America are still in Jakarta. Our passports are in Salatiga while we get our new visas, but they are needed in Jakarta so they will release our crates. Many important items such as my work shirts, a stove, and many of our kitchen tools are in those crates. Please pray that they are released quickly.
- Solomon and Jeremia are currently enjoying the symptoms of Hand, Foot, and Mouth disease. Solomon was only miserable for one day and Jeremiah has been extra snuggly, but we are praying for their healing and for God’s grace as we care for them. Also, pray that they rest of us don’t get sick!
- Lastly, pray for the move and transition as we settle into our new home, move all our stuff in, and figure out how to do life here in Tarakan.
This is such an exciting time. Thanks for hanging in there on this adventure! We excited to continue sharing our lives (and pictures) with you. Thank you so much and God bless!