We have been here in Kupang for almost 2 months now,and we feel that our life is becoming a little more settled. Things have taken time, but when we look back we are amazed at what God has done for us. He has really opened doors for us and made things possible that would normally not have been possible at all. Behind every little thing there is a story of how God has helped us, lead us and opened doors. Even down to a small little thing like buying a drying rack…or a bigger thing like buying a car…
To use the car as an example…Bying a car for fresh foreigners like us is more or less impossible…Especially since most people here don’t speak english and there is a lot of bureaucracy involved. The day we bought the car we were asking God to send someone who speaks english to help us. So we just went to the shop where we had seen a car that we were interested in. The day before when we were there no one spoke english. As we get out of the taxi a chinese woman steps out of a flashy red car and goes in to the same shop. We realize that she is the owner, she speaks very good english, she gets her uncle and husband (who we realize afterwards is a well-known politician) to come, who speak even better english, fetch a man from the bank to come so that we can talk about how to pay ( which is a long story in itself), offers to do all the paperwork for us, AND feeds and entertains our children.
God is so good, and we are so thankful !!!
Other examples of doors being opened is the whole thing with the immigration office. Peter went there 7 times in one week, the last day the whole family had to come for photos and fingerprints…Now we can stay here for 30 more days…But we pray for open doors to get a residence permit. If anyone wants to help us we would greatly appreciate your prayers:-)
Joakim having his picture and fingerprints taken at the immigration office.
Last weekend we thought that we should try to explore a bit of the island and see a bit more than just the city of Kupang. A bit scary to be honest as we don’t know what we will encounter out of bad roads, monkeys and crocodiles…We went to a beach 30 km away. It took us over an hour to get there, but was a very interesting drive through jungle like forest, with traditional villages and very dry areas. We got to the beach in the end, a very beautiful little beach. We had it completely to ourselves, only accompanied by some goats.
Some of the shells and corals we collected…