“Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”
The first stage of our time in the United States is over. No day is like the other. Again and again we face new challenges in a different culture, with a new environment, people and a foreign language. In this transit time, we experienced God’s support as never before. There was a lot of joy, but also we often reached our limits. No matter what happens, we know that we can never fall deeper than in God’s hand.
End of July, we’ve left home to prepare for full-time mission in a Third World country. After successfully completing the pilot training in Austria, we continued to pursue our goal and we want to be prepared as best as possible with the absolvation of an aircraft mechanic training.
During our 5-week stay in Florida, Christoph was able to convert almost all European licenses into Americans. He completed many flying and study lessons as well as practical and theoretical exams. Due to time limitations, there is still one exam missing, which he will complete in Michigan. We had to say goodbye to new friends, but we were also looking forward to our new temporary home in Michigan.
We already feel very comfortable in our small house right on the airport in Ionia and for the children there is plenty to explore every day. Next week Christoph will start with the aircraft maintenance training. It will certainly be challenging but also very exciting.
We were already able to find connection to a Christian community and make new friends. For our children, the new environment and the foreign language is a challenge. In order to help them get settled, Tobias and Elia will together attend a pre-school in September. Nina is very keen to integrate the kids and so it’s always busy in our house.
By the way, we didn’t plan to have a vehicle for financial reasons. But we experienced how generously God provides for us. A small Christian church from Pennsylvania provides a minivan free of charge for our entire stay in the US (www.sgacma.org). Also there were many practical donations and helpers for our home in Michigan that supported us.
Our preparation and later work are only carried by donations and own resources. So we recently partnered with an Austrian missionary organisation “Hilfe die Ankommt/Help that Arrives”. That organization will support us where needed and manage our finances. This makes donations tax deductible(at least in Austria and Germany). If you have it on your heart, we would be glad to receive your financial support to make our service possible.
We are grateful for every prayer and look forward to hearing from you.