This is going to be the first of several posts documenting my family’s decision to immigrate to the United States. I’ve written bits and pieces of it in my journal but I really want to have it all written down because this is definitely the work of God in our lives and I most definitely don’t want to forget it!
For those of you that don’t know, I am an American, living in New Zealand. I use the name MicheleinNZ for my online identity. I used to be MicheleinKorea but then I moved to NZ so I had to change it. I’m wondering if I’ll change it to MicheleinUSA when I move again. What do you think?
Anyway, my husband is a New Zealander so when we got married I moved here, which was over 7 years ago. We knew when I moved here, after living two years in South Korea, that one day we might want to move the United States. We didn’t know when or why, but it was certainly a possibility. Back in 2002 we actually got as far as filling out the first lot of paperwork in order to start the process of getting his greencard. We sent it off to the American Consulate here in New Zealand, along with a large cheque, and got it back soon after with new instructions. Apparently the United States government isn’t that great about updating their websites so the instructions we had followed was incorrect. For some reason this really shook me up. I felt like my country was making it almost impossible for me to return with my husband. We decided to put it on hold.
Skip to 2006. We now have two children with another on the way. I am staying home to look after our children. Around August my husband starts talking to me about starting his Masters degree. He loves to learn and I knew that eventually he would want to do more university study. He said that he’d quite like to go to seminary in order to prepare better for being in full-time ministry. In a nutshell, we both have felt called to a life of ministry from the time we were both single. Yes, I know that every Christian is a minister, but we believe that God is asking us to do it as a full-time job, at this point. So when he said that wanted to go to seminary I was all for it. He started looking into different places and was quite keen on Golden Gate Baptist Theological SeminaryÂ in California. Turns out they have a new online programme so he could do almost an entire three year degree online. The only caveat was that he would be required to complete an entire year on campus before being allowed to graduate. The more he investigated and prayed the more he believed that this was the place that God was leading him (and therefore us). This being the case we knew that at some point in the next few years we would need to relocate.
Little did we know…