Our time here in West Timor is coming to an end. On friday after the children are finished at school we will fly to Bali, from there to Kuala Lumpur, and then to London.
When we think back we can surely say that this has been a very DIFFERENT year for us as a family. We have experienced a culture and a life style that is far removed from anything we have experienced before. We have had a year with practical challenges, and we have for sure learnt to appreciate the things that we take so for granted in our western world. But first of all when we look back at this year we are filled with THANKFULNESS. We are so amazed at how God has taken care of us here. He has helped us and blessed us so much, kept us happy and given us good days. We have really appreciated this time to focus more on God. We are amazed and so thankful for how God has shown us so many things and is leading us into something new.
We are also very thankful for the good friends God has given us here. It is no exaggeration to say that we could not have been here without their help. We are also very thankful for the way God has taken such good care of our children. They have had to adapt to very different environments, and have shown an amazing positivity. God has given them very good friends at school, and very good friends in this little housing complex. Every afternoon they have been out playing with their friends. There have for sure been some tears, bruises, conflicts and even fights ( play fights) but mostly they have had hours of good play times. They are for sure going to miss these times, and all the friends they have made. We too will miss the peaceful atmosphere and comfortable temperature outside as the sun starts to go down. Probably this little neighbourhood is one of the things we are going to miss the most as we leave Kupang. It is going to be strange and sad to leave the life we have had here. We will miss all the nice and friendly people we have gotten to know. ( We were very happy today when we got to see our next door neighbour’s newborn baby boy. He was supposed to be born in the middle of June, but came early and was born on Joakim’s birthday! )
There are other things that we will not miss at all, and that we are quite happy to leave behind. Top of our list at the moment is probably the rat in the kitchen, but we will not go into any detail about that now…….( the reason that we all have this old UB40 song on our minds nowadays…”there’s a rat in the kitchen what am I going to do with it……..” )
Also we are very thankful to all of you who have followed us on the blog, all the comments and for those of you who have been praying for us. We are extremely thankful for that. And for those of you who want to pray some more we will be needing God even more now as we go to England. Our first prayer requests is for a house in England. We will firstly be looking in the Ipswich area. One thing is that we need somewhere to stay, another thing is that in order for everything else to be worked out in England like school, job, bank account, insurance etc we need an address…
This will be the last post we write on our blog from Indonesia. Maybe we will write a post or two once we get to England, we will see…But otherwise the blog will be finished now. Thank you again for all of you who have taken the time to read our updates:)
Otherwise we also have to say that we will be in Norway the whole of August, and are looking forwards to seeing as many as possible of our friends and family then!