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Straight Lines

Unless we’re talking about House of Cards or Veep, we’ve never found ourselves to be particularly political. But with the two countries we call home in the middle of some of the most significant political changes that we’ve ever experienced we are left trying to make sense of this continually changing landscape.

We will not pretend to know what we’re talking about when it comes to the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, so if you’re looking for an explanation or an opinion you’ll have to look elsewhere – sorry. But for our American friends, I don’t know that we can properly articulate how serious and far-reaching this change will be not only for our city, but the country and ultimately the rest of the world – which will only be seen over time.

We’ve spent the last five months living acutely aware of the fear and difficulty that arises from change and uncertainty – it’s been chronicled in some detail in the previous five posts :).

One of the reoccurring realities of this season of our life has been the recognition of the complete and total sovereignty of God.  God is incapable of being moderately sovereign, or slightly sovereign, or sovereign over this but not over that.  No, He is either sovereign over everything or sovereign over nothing at all.  And we believe…

Nothing escapes His sovereignty.
Nothing happens that is a surprise to Him.
He is so sovereign that even the evil intentions of man, He can use for good.
He is the God who can draw straight lines with crooked sticks.

As the family of God, we celebrate when brothers and sisters celebrate, and we grieve when they are troubled. Would you please pray for your brothers and sisters in the UK? Would you pray for the churches who are serving local communities not dissimilar to the one you find yourself in? Would you pray for the missionaries and people who have called the UK home and the uncertainty and a change this significant brings to theirs lives and ministry?

Ultimately we do know now what this means for our family and this new visa, but once again we find ourselves setting our hope upon Another and trusting in the sovereignty of One who always knows far better.

Aaron + Kelly + Merritt
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PS: here are a couple videos that will hopefully help to make this a bit clearer…

Wait A Bit Longer…

Five months is a long time.

A long time feeling like your life is out of control, unsettled and in transition. But with a single email, we can see an end in sight.

After submitting all of our applications, passports and biometric information two days ago, we got word that they are safely in the hands of the UK Border Agency’s New York office and we should have a response on our visa within 15 working days!

That’s right, five months (and counting) and here we sit mere weeks away from being able to return back to Liverpool.  Praise the Lord.

Like previously mentioned, there is some comfort in knowing that the timeline and decision from here on out is completely out of our hands – we have no ability or power to speed up or alter the outcome.

We’re grateful for the prospect of these difficult few months coming to a close, and excited about the chance to enjoy lots of quality time with family and friends before we board another plane.

Please continue to pray for favor with the decision-makers regarding the visa, and for a quick turnaround. We will keep you updated with any news.

Aaron + Kelly + Merritt
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PS: We found a little humor in the tedious nature of our application, when we went to get passport pictures taken for the new visa. When Kelly returned to pick them up, she was asked ‘Do you want to check and make sure you’re happy with them?’ she replied, ‘Nah, I’m sure they are fine.’ Only when she got back to the car did she realize they gave us someone ELSE’S picture! Ha! But come on, how cute is Merritt?!

I Have Set My Hope Upon Another

I have sung, and led the song ‘On Christ The Solid Rock’ innumerable times.

My hope is built on nothing less / Than Jesus blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame / But wholly lean on Jesus name

But lyrics that marry experience will always ring true with greater weight.

When darkness seems to hide His face / I rest on His unchanging grace
In every high and stormy gale / My anchor holds within the veil

A life raft tossed untethered in the sea is the only visual that has made sense to me during this visa process. Safe because you are inside, but not completely sheltered and protected.

His oath, His covenant, His blood / Support me in the whelming flood
When all around my soul gives way / He then is all my hope and stay

Continually I have sought rest, peace, security and hope in the things that I thought I could control – myself, my abilities – and in other people.

When He shall come with trumpet sound / Oh may I then in Him be found
Dressed in His righteousness alone / Faultless to stand before the throne

And continually we have been reminded through this process that rest, peace, security and hope cannot be found in the sinking sand of the outer reality – but in the eternal truth of Christ. Who Himself is always steady, sure, unshakable, the same yesterday, today and forever, the One who never lets go, who always holds fast, who is our Hope and our Rock.

When we’ve felt a crumpled mess, we can stand on Christ. When you desire to set your hope upon something you can see, feel and seemingly control, you will always end up a crumpled mess. But we are learning again and again to set our hope on Another.

On Christ the solid Rock I stand!
All other ground is sinking sand
All other ground is sinking sand.

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.

Aaron + Kelly + Merritt
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