What the FBI has to do with it…

… and how the last week has brought us many steps closer to moving to South Africa.

General area where we hope to live...courtesy of Google Maps (https://www.google.com/maps/@-34.0865086,18.45499,19620m/data=!3m1!1e3)

General area where we hope to live…courtesy of Google Maps (https://www.google.com/maps/@-34.0865086,18.45499,19620m/data=!3m1!1e3)

Let me guess: the title got your attention and you are now here, reading…I am glad my ruse worked. If you don’t want to hear about the reason for the title, get back to work, but if you’re interested, keep reading.

Last week, our counselor shared with us that she feels we are in a much better place than when we first arrived in the US and that we should be okay to make this big transition to a new country, new relationships, new way of life. We have been waiting to hear back from Burkina Faso as we needed a criminal background check done for the South African visa applications. The day after we met with our counselor, I got an email saying that the background check had been completed (much faster than we expected), and a day later, it was on its way to us via DHL. Wonderful news!

We’ve also been surfing the rental properties online for a place to live and hadn’t really seen anything yet, or the properties needed to be rented before our actual date of arrival in Cape Town. A few days ago, I was briefly checking the same webpage, and saw a rather neat looking place that has used many natural materials – appealing to us. Two friends in South Africa went to check it out for us and took many photos, which we were able to look at yesterday – and they are going ahead to see if we can rent this house. The cool part was that Jen and I were on the same page about the house! Another cool step towards our move!

In our attempt to find decent airplane ticket prices, but not adding so many layovers to our flight, I’ve been worried about prices going up – but this past week, they started to come down quite significantly – just another piece of the logistical puzzle falling into place.

Oh, and what you’ve been waiting for: our FBI Criminal Background Documents arrived in the mail on Friday as well. Slowly but surely, our pile of documents for the visa applications are coming in – and most of it happened this past week after deciding to go ahead and head for South Africa. Yes, we were thinking of heading to South Africa this spring, but I was holding out in going full steam ahead until we had some assurance from our counselor.

What it ultimately comes down to is this: do I trust God completely or only partially? I think it took me stepping out and realizing that God works in our lives regardless of geographic location or cultural obstacles or personal weaknesses. And you’d think I’d have gotten that lesson a long time ago as we’ve lived in different places, travelled a lot, and married cross-culturally. But the reality is that my concern for our family’s health (physical, spiritual, emotional, and relational) had become much stronger over the last several months – and for that, I am grateful. Looking forward with confidence and peace to what lies ahead!

And there you have it – the FBI had something to do with it!   🙂


2 thoughts on “What the FBI has to do with it…

  1. So glad to hear all of the good news. can’t wait to see you all again. I know that we will be coming to see you in your new home. Nothing is going to get in the way of that! Love you all so much. I am so proud of you Marcus and Jen, you are an amazing couple and I am so fortunate to have you as family. Hugs and kisses to my great young man Silas! Talk soon.

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