RAINBOWS ARE AWESOME! AND VISAS ARE KRAP! God gave a rainbow to Noah as a promise. I don’t think that was where God stops with showing promises in the forms of rainbows. When Andy and I were talking about being engaged and we were asking God to give us clarity to ensure we were not throwing away a lot of potential. I am learning that God does not work with potential but calls people to him and trains them when they are willing. Andy and I were sitting and talking and all of a sudden saw a rainbow. At one point we were trying to decide on a flat to live in and after hundreds of phone calls and figuring that we were never going to have a place to live we walked by a wall mural with…a rainbow painted over it. Another time when we were split up on flights coming over here and worried sick that I wouldn’t get through the border we were graced with a rainbow below the airplane. I later got let through the border. Yesterday my visa ran into another glitch. I think we have both jointly just felt like this is getting quite ridiculous. I cannot believe how difficult this is and it feels like we just get shot to the ground every time we attempt to get it again. I do not understand why it is so difficult to get something so simple. We plain just don’t know what to do now. Many thoughts and words were thrown around. We just remember that God is watching over us and provides. He will not leave us hanging.
There are cool things happening though! We made some friends!!! We went to a church last week and met a couple that are just awesome! Scott and Monica have totally taken us under their wing and taken us in as friends. They are in their 2nd year of marriage, a loving and wise couple, Scott is an asst. pastor in Re:Hope (the church we went to last week). I have met up with Monica a few times and Andy has met up with Scott a few times. I think we have a few good friends that aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. I’m missing my Radiant Community Group girls quite a bit but God provides and we have friends! 🙂
I have also hung out a big with my lovely roommate from my exchange year. She is the most dear girl and has provided us with an endless supply of Dr.Who, loads of films, gluten free cookies, chocolate, flowers, and many other treats. She is amazing. It is so nice to have a girlfriend that is still open to hanging out all the time.
So tomorrow Andy starts classes again for the first time in 4 months. We’ll see how that goes 😉
So here is a blog worth writing! In the last 2 weeks we have returned from our honeymoon, acquired a flat and completely moved in, got my visa worked out, and have made a plan to find a new church. It has been a very eventful two weeks for sure!
Honeymoon: perfect perfect perfect! We had such a lovely time together and were really able to just relax that week. Slept sooo much and felt terrific by the time we returned to Dundee 🙂
Flat: We had one viewing and basically gave our sob story/were in very fine form personality wise to convince the flat owner and nerdy kid competing for us to get the flat that we were most deserving. They all felt quite bad for us after hearing what we have gone through in order to get just one viewing. Turns out that God totally had this flat in plan for us and He gave us the perfect place. It has a lot of qwerks (such as not having a shower…we have compensated by going to the gym every day, lol) and being a bit beat up. But it is HUUGGEEE! Look on facebook
for all the pictures 🙂 It is also in a really great location. A bit further out than our last flat which was right in city center. Turns out that probably wouldn’t have been a good choice because we would have a steady flow of people stopping in and we would most likely end up out of the house more often than we should. So it is a 20 minute walk to city center or we can take a train! We have set it up with all of our things and it has been dubbed “the epitome of cool without trying too hard”. Needless to say, we have the coolest student flat I have ever seen 🙂 Not exactly what I imagined as my first home but hey, God decided to bless us beyond what we deserve once again. We have also been blessed with the money to be able to have lots of friends over already and feed them many meals. We figure that since God gave us such a large flat in such a good location that we need to use it to His glory and bless our friends. So we have had a few people over for dinner, lunch, and just generally to chill out. We want to make our flat inviting to all sorts of people 🙂
Visa: I still do not have one…but it’s ok! Through a friend of a friend we were put in touch with a solicitor called Thorntons. We got to meet with the head who put us under the guidance of one of his trainees (she is basically the cheapest help we could have…still not eh…what I would call affordable but hey ho, I’m no lawyer) who has already dealt with a case almost identical to us (so we do not have to pay her to research solutions!). So we have already been taking action to fill in a few forms and are acquiring proof of address to start the process. We will be able to put all the information and required documents together and send off our application by my 21st birthday in November! After that I will get an interview either here or London where they will assess our situation and then hopefully grant me with a spousal visa!!!!! WOO HOO!!!! I cannot wait at all 😀 We are just giving thanks to God for providing us with the financial resources to pay the solicitor and the friends who put us in touch with them, and that we are going to be able to keep me in the country 🙂 We have a lovely lady trainee who is going to hold our hand through the entire process 🙂 🙂 🙂
Church: So we have decided to switch churches to one that is more community based, that is geared towards young people/couples, and that we can both start out in as newbies. That way we can both get to know everybody at our church as a married couple! 🙂 We have two churches picked out that we will start touring. The first is named Re-hope and it is an incredible church, does work with the city folk especially those who are in poverty, has incredible preaching, and also good community…but it’s like a 45 minute walk away and in the middle of winter when it’s pouring down rain and very windy do we really want to walk for an hour and a half in church clothes? (our train doesn’t run on Sundays). Then there is another called Harvest that meets at Strathclyde university. It is much newer and only has about 20-30 people in it so far. We do not know as much about it other than a few of Andys friends attend and they love it. We think it might be hard to be part of a community that I so far away and that Harvest is just much closer for ease and ability to bond with people. Sooo…we have no idea. WE’re praying about it and gonna see where we think God wants us. We want to minister and be in community and be pushed in our faith. We just don’t know where that will be yet.
So that is the Andy and Hadassah update as of now. We just got our wedding pictures from our Scotland wedding in the post today so look for them on facebook 🙂