“He who trusts my strength, will see my miracles!”
By these lines of a song, God showed us once again how he responds to our trust: if we give up control, he will intervene in a miraculous way. The longer our journey with God, the less frightening our uncertain life is. We worry less and are curious how God directs the next steps and provides everything we need.
Our time at home was extended by Covid 19. We tried to make the most of our time in Austria. Nina worked at the department for pediatric oncology at the University Clinic in Linz and was able to gain valuable experience. Christoph managed to cover all of our kids physical needs in addition to homeschooling, household and travel ministry.
Finally our waiting period is over. We expected that we would have to stay longer in Austria, but as we have often experienced before, a single conversation can change everything. A few weeks ago we heard from “Help that arrives – our Austrian Organization” that they would send us again. With this, at least one of our obstacles was gone. The problem, however, is that it’s currently not allowed to travel from the Schengen area to the US. After a lot of research and conversations with authorities, we found the opportunity to travel to the USA via Croatia. This route is much more complicated and longer than a normal transatlantic flight and involves certain risks, for example the entry requirements could change during our stay in Croatia. Nevertheless, we decided to pack our bags again and take this chance. Nina quit her job, we stored our belongings and now are already in our 14-day quarantine to fly on September 16th from Zagreb via Istanbul to New York.
The last time in Austria has been very intense: in addition to working and packing, Aaron broke his arm 12 hours before our planned departure. Now he is smiling again.
Like last time, we didn’t know from the beginning, whether we would have a vehicle or what kind of accommodation. But we can say with gratitude that we are WONDERfully taken care of. Just at the right time, the C&MA Church informed us that they can provide us with a van, which we are allowed to borrow. In addition, a Church known by MAG is providing a fully furnished apartment for our time in the USA. Thank God!!!
In the next few weeks, pilot standardization (flight training in the aircraft used in Honduras) and team building will take place at MAG, in which our family will take part. After that the Honduras program will start.
Our work is financed through donations. We are currently at around 40% of our monthly required funds, which we are very thankful for. We would be happy if you want to be part of our support team.
We are excited to see what the future brings and will keep you updated.