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#VivaLondon Updates – When the Homesickness Rears its Ugly Head

| Posted by Harlan

It’s been a little over a month since we last updated everyone on what’s been happening here for us in the UK. It’s been a completely life-changing and perspective shifting experience for us, and it’s a challenge to really capture everything. That said, we don’t want to leave anyone in the dark, and we definitely want people to share in our experience and learn from it. Who knows, maybe you’re next to step out into the unknown and see what God does!

With all that in mind, I thought I’d share a few experiences and thoughts from the time spent here thus far. Again, you won’t get the whole picture, but at least you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of what it’s been like for us to be here.

Side note…the image from this post was taken at NYE in London. Remind us to tell you the story of how we ended up with the most amazing spot to watch the fireworks. Fun times.

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#VivaLondon Updates – Halfway Point

| Posted by Harlan

With Photos! 🙂

So we’ve officially made it to the halfway point of our journey in the U.K. It seems somewhat strange to say that, as on one hand this time has passed rather quickly, and it’s hard to believe we’ve been here three months already. On the other hand, we feel more and more comfortable with our daily life here every day.

Quite a lot has transpired since we last updated all of you…so I’m going to try to catch up on as many things as I can. Apologies for the list format – it’s just easier to get it all out that way.

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#VivaLondon Update – End of September Edition

| Posted by Harlan

I promised I’d follow up our last post with a more uplifting one, so here it is! The last thing we’d want is to give the impression that we’re struggling or not enjoying ourselves out here in England. Nothing could be further from the truth. While there is a sense that we’re being put through a refining fire spiritually – we have nothing but joy regarding that and our overall situation here.

Anyway, I think this will be a spattering of randomness, but hopefully will get you all caught up on what’s happened thus far. Just ignore my complete inability to transition from one thought to the next…

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Kingdom United

| Posted by Harlan

AKA: When God gives you a where, but not necessarily a what.

We’ve been asked quite a bit over the last few weeks and months (and especially over the last few days) just what exactly we’re doing in the UK, and what brought us to the point of decision to come here. It’s a fair question – a transition and change such as this is usually accompanied by some explanation. You’d think we’d have one.

But we don’t. Not a clear one anyway.

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5 Days

| Posted by Harlan

In just 5 short days, we’ll board a plane at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, and begin our journey to Watford, Hertfordshire in the Northwest corner of London, England. From the moment we felt the pull of this decision to now has felt like a whirlwind and has reached it’s climax much more quickly than we expected.

The excitement level is high in our home, and of course the anxiety level is as well. The majority of our planning and preparation has been smooth, and for the most part, we’re ready to go. On the other hand, we’ve had our difficulties – Yvette’s appendix being a surprise hiccup – and securing a flat has proved difficult, and at the moment we’re looking at boarding our flight without a home secured. We’re stressed about this, obviously, but we’re counting on the right doors to open and the right place to become available. No matter what happens, we’ve been assured we won’t be homeless!

Many people have been asking how they can support us along the way, and we are very grateful for that. We’ve been unsure exactly what to call this time – whether it be a mission trip or an exploratory trip for future mission work, or simply an opportunity for us to answer a call on our life to serve a country we love. As you think about how to support us, please be in prayer that clarity and wisdom comes through this process. If our journey ends at six months, love it or hate it, that is completely fine with us as long as it’s the right thing.

If you’d like to make a monetary donation while we’re there, we’ve set up two options here on the website. You can sign up for recurring donations here. These donations will expire after six months, when we will be returning from England. You can also make a one-time donation here. Finally, there are still a few t-shirts left on the site. Please make your order for those by midnight on Friday, as we’ll be pulling them down after that.

Again, please accept our greatest thanks and appreciation for all you have done to help us make this opportunity a reality. We love you all dearly and will miss you all while we’re away.

Cheers and #VivaLondon!

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#VivaLondon

| Posted by Harlan

A.K.A. – How you can support us!

**** Updated August 25th ****

As we mentioned in our previous post, there are a few different ways you can support our journey to England, and the work we’ll be doing there with WellSpring Church.

First, you can pray. We need people to commit to praying for us on a regular basis. We will be updating this blog regularly so you can follow our progress and see the areas in which you can be thinking and praying. Also, we’ll be using the #VivaLondon hashtag for everything related to our blog and our journey, so you can follow us on social media through that.

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London Calling

| Posted by Harlan

There’s a rumor about us going around. No, we’re not pregnant – but the other rumor is true.

We’re moving to England!

That’s right, Yvette and I will be moving temporarily to England in the Fall of 2015 to serve and support Wellspring Church in Watford, Greater London! This has been a journey a long time in the making, and we are thrilled to finally have it become a reality.

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