Through God's good providence, we received word today that our visas to the UK have been approved! We are grateful to have the decision settled, visas in our passports and passports in our hands. The time it took for a decision was shorter than we expected, and we count that as another of God's graces as we trust Him in our way to England.
Our next step is it purchase airline tickets, and we hope to be arriving in the UK late July. While this has been our hope for some weeks, now that July is here and the official stamp has been received, a few weeks now seems very soon!
Although our time in the US was at least a couple months longer than we anticipated when we left Sweden in January, we are glad we've had more time with family and friends. The boys especially have had a chance to be reacquainted with our people here. They love play times with their cousins and regular meetings with friends. Ben and I are grateful for the opportunities we've had to be with with family and folks from our home church. All three kids have grown much in the past five months, and we're happy to have been able to share this time with loved ones here.
It will be difficult to say our good byes in the coming weeks, but we are looking forward to planting our feet down in England, first in Sheffield, and soon after settling into Lincoln. There is work waiting to be done, and we are humbled that the Lord has called Ben, and us a family, to fill that role.
Thank you for your continued prayers! Knowing the visa approval is a sigh of relief and thanks, and we are not unaware that it is the Lord's hand continuing to guide us along. We are grateful for your prayers in these matters!