We’re back in the UK!
How were your Easter celebrations?
For us it seems right now in this time of our life we are doing a lot of waiting. God really seems to be teaching us to be patient and to wait for His timing. Life would always be “easier” if we did things our way but, with God it almost never works that way. So, it’s been awesome to see God provide for our wedding and a way back to England and if He’s willing school in September, even if we have to wait around a bit.
America was beautiful and we were kindly given a place to stay by the Whitler family in Modesto. The Whitler’s are the founders of YWAM Modesto and while we were with them we helped them move their home and when they needed us we helped host a DTS in Modesto. We spent a lot of time with Alexa’s family and friends. It was really good for them to be around us as a married couple as they didn’t know Joel very long before we got married.
Now that we are back in England we are again waiting. We want very much to not be idle in this and to be available for our friends and family here. We are very keen on volunteering our time at Joel’s home church, Woodley Baptist Church. So far Alexa will be helping in the church cafe on Tuesdays and Thursdays and Joel is now working in areas of local outreach and evangelism of the church, this includes making short video testimonies to encourage the church body. We are very excited because on May 5, 2011 we will have an interview at Oak Hill Bible College and will also be given a tour of the campus. This will help us to be more prepared while planning for school.
During June and July, while we are in America, we will be applying for a visa for Alexa so she can live in England. We will also be connecting with YWAM in Modesto again, and seeing how we can be available for the church there. Right now we feel like we are in limbo. We are so excited to go to school but its four months away and finances are well short of what we need. With that said we are very confident God is going to provide for us. We wanted to give you a short update on where we are right now and also say thank you for being patient in this time that even to us seems a bit confusing and all over the place. With God though, life can easily be very unpredictable. So, if you would pray for us we would love it. We need to fight through this time and not become lazy. We need to keep trusting God and have the confidence to follow him even if sometimes we have no idea where we are going.
We really appreciate you taking the time to read these updates and for standing with us in prayer. If there is any confusion or concerns with anything then please write to us or call us or have us over for a coffee, we are happy to chat.
May you know God’s goodness and mercy today and all the days of your life.
Joel & Alexa