Hi all - a lot has happened in the two months since our previous update in February! Here are some highlights:
In early March we passed the 80% funding threshold that allowed us to proceed with our final preparations to depart (our fundraising is now at 95%).
Flights are booked and we're flying out to Costa Rica on 26th April- only just over two weeks!
We're starting Spanish school in San Jose in the second week of May
We'll be starting full time work in Managua, Nicaragua after 8 months of Spanish school
We have found some lovely tenants who will be moving into our flat in the first week of May
Last week Helen enjoyed a loving but emotional send-off from work after 14 years at Jo Richardson Community School.
Rob shall be continuing his role with Open Gates Management whilst overseas but will now be 'out of office' until early May. He's also, via zoom, continuing to work alongside our new colleagues in the the EMI Nicaragua office.
The kids have had their last term at Olga Primary School which finished with their friends and teachers making much fuss over them, including multiple Nicaraguan volcano inspired leaving cards!
Thank you so so much for all your incredible love and support. It has felt like a long journey at times to get to this point as we prepare to depart. We're incredibly excited about the adventure ahead and the work we'll be doing in Latin America but also deeply aware of how much each of us will miss our family and friends here in the UK.
For those who pray, we would value you holding these things in prayer.
Give thanks for:
Being able to proceed with all our preparations to depart
Amazing provision of tenants for our flat
The incredible generosity, love and support of our family, friends and church
That we both received our first Covid jab a couple of weeks ago, having been called up unexpectedly.
Things to pray for:
Our farewells over the next two weeks (lots of garden gatherings!)
Smooth departure, moving out of our flat and arrival in Costa Rica
Raising the final 5% of our fundraising target
A second Covid jab for us both before we go if it's meant to be (outside chance)
All the other stuff that you can imagine is involved in big transition!
If you have any questions do give us a call or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org