Do you ever feel like you've been in the waiting process for a while? We felt that way about living in Japan since Matt first felt the call 9 years ago. It's been all about being faithful in the process and waiting on the Lord's timing. Well, it seems as if our waiting season for starting on this mission is ending! We're about to hit the ground running :)
We wanted to update you all and let you know that we are now 97% supported!! We are incredibly humbled by the support raising process. We have so many people with us in this that really share in the vision and desire to reach the Japanese with the Good News of Jesus Christ. Truly, it's amazing to be a part of this with you. We are literally 3% away from reaching our yearly support level. This equates to about $360 more per month that we're needing to raise. Seeing as the Lord has brought in the 97%, we're confident we'll get the remaining $360 monthly support as well. It is so encouraging for us to be this close!
We do have a prayer request if you all could join us in praying. We are cleared to leave for Japan this September. We have everything lined up with one exception--our visa. The visa process can take 2-6 months. We're definitely praying it is closer to 2 months. If it takes the full 6 months, that pushes our departure date into winter. Would you join us in praying that the individuals looking over the visa application would push it through in a timely manner? This is something that is out of our control but not out of His control.
We'll be leaving Ohio in 1 week. We've been so blessed by our time here and the many friendships and partnerships we share. Engage 5 (our 5 weeks of training in Atlanta) begins June 15th. We'll have an additional 2 weeks of training for language acquisition in NC after Engage 5. After training, we'll have a few weeks to say our goodbyes to people we love in NC, as well as Northern and Southern CA before heading to Japan. If you're in any of these areas, we would seriously love to see you! We're hoping to have some parties on what we're describing as our "farewell tour" :) We'll be sure to post about the parties if you'd like to join.