June 28, 2012
Dear friends and family,
In April we announced that we had decided to move to Germany. I thought now would be a good time to write a follow-up, mostly to describe God’s faithfulness in this process. Within four days we will leave Louisburg to spend the month of July visiting family before arriving in Munich on August 4th. These last few weeks in Louisburg have been bitter sweet, as we’ve enjoyed several farewell parties and get-togethers with friends. Our house is mostly empty of possessions—a daily reminder that our blessings overflow. Andy works his last shift at the bank this week and Hannah-Joy busily packs our suitcases and cleans our house.
One big answer to prayer is that ALL of our stuff has sold! Although we feel a little like we are “camping” indoors this week, we are SO glad that everything, including both of our cars, has sold. We have learned a lot through the process as well, such as how to host an effective yard sale, how to sell books on Amazon, and that bicycles and rugs sell really easily on Craigslist (funny stories).
Another answer to prayer is that God has more than provided financially for our stay in Germany. Hannah-Joy has received an offer to nanny in Munich. Beginning in October, she will watch a seven month old girl for 20-25 hours per week, accompanied by our daughter Melody. And just this week Andy was informed that he was awarded a research stipendium through the Wolde Stiftung.
Please continue to keep us in your prayers, and let us know how we can be praying for you. Pray that our visits with family will be extra sweet since it will be a while before we see them again. Pray that Andy will be prepared for his German proficiency exam, which he will take at the end of September. Pray that our transition in Munich will go smoothly.
Andy, Hannah-Joy, and Melody.