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Applications Submitted!

VISAS SENTWe breathed a sigh of relief last night.  After spending several hours filling out the same online forms times three – we paid for, and mailed off our visa applications!

There is still a long road ahead, but this is the closest that we have been to Liverpool since we left in January.  What’s next is our biometric appointments on the 20th of this month – which is where they take your fingerprints, and a photo to catalogue you in the UK system.  Those two things are then sent off to meet our paperwork and be approved or denied by the UK Border Agency.

For us the relief comes from having this one major step within our control complete.  We’re hopeful now that the process will move much faster from here on out.  Once the UK Border Agency receives our applications and our biometric information, it should be several weeks before we would hear back regarding the decision.

Your continued prayers for favor in the eyes of those making decisions, speed in the process, grace with all involved, and provision for the in between time are greatly valued.

We will keep you updated as this process continues!

Grateful,
Aaron + Kelly + Merritt
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Four Months And Counting

Many have asked us what we’ve been doing over the last couple of months. So let me start by saying, no, we’re not on vacation/holiday. There is absolutely nothing relaxing about being caught in between visas, away from your own home, without a salary, or any ability to control your return to where you feel like God has led you for this next season of life. Vacation? Not so much.
FOUR MONTHS AND COUNTINGWe were originally told this whole turn around for a visa would take four-to-six weeks. Around the six-week mark of being back in the States, and without any forward movement; we realized we would be back much longer than anticipated, and started making a concerted effort to soak up as much family time as possible.

My grandparents had us out to Seattle to visit, we’ve spent many afternoons swinging with Merritt at the park, wandered around Target, started some new shows on Netflix, celebrated family occasions like birthdays and graduations, read lots of books, wrote songs, served at my parents church, helped with home renovations, gone for drives just because we have a car, started going to the gym, went to free sing-a-longs and story times at the library and just generally tried to fill our time with anything constructive.

The tension we walk is being present enough to enjoy this unexpected time, while staying invested emotionally in the reality that our life and home (for the time being) are in Liverpool. Each day that we live with seemingly no progress is another day to surrender to discouragement or joy. Discouragement is the easy surrender, joy is the battle.

That irritating, ‘I think I have something I’m supposed to be doing, but don’t know what it is,’ feeling hovers most days. Yes, of course we’re grateful for time with family. But not knowing when it will run out and we’ll have to mentally change gears to head back to Liverpool often finds us not fully present either place.

And once again we’ve found ourselves in the in between. Ironically, our lives have been in between for the better part of four years. A year and a half leading up to our move, two years in Liverpool, six months of potentially extending that time, and now. And yet, this has been the most difficult in between to date.

Maybe because there are three of us now.
Maybe because we have nothing with which to distract ourselves – so we have to feel every little thing.
Maybe because this new visa feels weightier in the grand scheme of our lives.
Maybe because we have relationships, and know what we’re gaining or losing on either side of a visa.
family shots

Life is not easy, or always pretty… neither is ministry. And that’s where we find ourselves now – at the intersection of life and ministry. It’s not an easy place, or a pretty place at the moment, but we’re working to convince our hearts of the truth our minds know – that God does not waste anything, He purposes everything, that He is forming Christ in and through us, and that He is orchestrating everything for our greater good and His greater glory.

How desperately, we want that reality to be enough for us, now and in the future.

Grateful,
Aaron + Kelly + Merritt
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We Are Alive

We Are Alive BannerYes, we are in fact alive. We have not posted in a long time in part, because life has been so unclear.

August 2015 put us six months out from finishing our original visa, which again left us with the question – do we stay, or do we go? We decided to explore a new visa, and walk through another door into our investment in Liverpool.

With that yes, came a new relationship with a sending organization to help us secure another visa. With Acts 29 no longer offering sponsorships for visas, and the low level visa of our previous two years no longer available to us, that yes also meant a commitment to pursuing a higher level visa, and therefore more labored process to staying in Liverpool.

It has and continues to be some of the most challenging and difficult months we’ve faced in our little family, and it’s not over yet… But all of that to continually be unpacked and unraveled as we venture on.

Thanks for being with us. We can’t always promise things will be pretty and neat – it’s just not true to our current reality – or life ever. But in our honesty, the prayer is that we will find and you will see a God who is as faithful in the shadow as He is in the light.

Grateful,
Aaron + Kelly + Merritt
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