That’s what we’re all about at the moment – preparations for heading off to Japan are well underway. There’s still a lot to do though! In just a few weeks time (Feb 15th to be exact) we’ll be getting on board a plane to Singapore. There we’ll attend OMF’s 3 week orientation course for new workers at their international HQ. Then on March 15th we’ll fly on to Japan to start a new chapter in our lives!
Here’s a flavour of our preparation life: We’re at my in-laws for the day, because they have the internet! Around me are piles of books, clothes, and boxes that need sorting through. We just moved a packed car load of stuff from our flat to put into storage – but the flat is still a tip! I’m on a computer upstairs backing up precious videos of Ethan’s first few months – wouldn’t want to lose those in the move! I’m also answering emails and phoning people about pensions, flight details etc. Downstairs Anna is on another computer emailing and backing up precious photos – that’s in between feeding Ethan. Tonight I’m driving to a church to speak at a mid-week prayer meeting about our plans to go to Japan. … It’s all go!
With all this packing I seem to oscillate between 2 extremes: one minute I’m sickened by how much stuff (junk?) we have (especially considering the poverty in the world), the next minute I’m being sentimental about something and wanting to keep it or thinking “It may come in handy – you never know…”!
We’re looking forward to our 2nd commissioning service on Saturday, this time in Wales. And as we anticipate getting on that plane there’s a whole mixture of feelings:
- excitement that we’re finally going,
- sadness at the thought of saying goodbye to family and friends,
- worry about all that still needs to be done in the short time before we leave,
- itchy feet wanting to just get on with it, fear of failure when we get there…
- and also a bit numb, like it’s all unreal, a dream – surely this is the kind of thing that other people do, not ordinary people like us!
But it’s a comfort to know that the One who has been given all authority in heaven and earth is going with us, and will be with us to the end of the age (Mt 28:18-20). And we hold on to Christ’s precious promise that
everyone who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or property, for my sake and for the Good News, 30 will receive now in return a hundred times as many houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and property—along with persecution. And in the world to come that person will have eternal life. (Mark 10:29-30)