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2007 June 18 » Philoxenos

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Journey to America, Part 4

18th June 2007

Journey to America, Part 4

Part 3

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We have our appointment at the Consulate next week (27 June) and we have yet to receive the needed documents from Papua New Guinea. We are praying HARD.

Because we really believe that this is what God wants us to , we have taken a few HUGE steps of faith. One of the big ones is the decision to move out of our house, prior to actually receiving the visa. Friends of ours are going on holiday for four weeks, leaving in two days. When we realised that we were going to be leaving the country we talked to them about housesitting for them while they were gone. They were more than happy to have us live in their house (our daughters are great friends and the mom is one of my best friends) which helps us in a couple ways. One, we get to save over $1000 in rent. Two, we get to sell all of our stuff and not have to worry about not having a fridge or whatever for the last three days we’re in the country. It’s worked out really well. Oh, and we get to use their car, too, so we can go ahead and sell our van. Really excellent. So that’s what we’ve been busy doing the last week or so - getting everything ready to sell.

One of the things that we did was create a list of all the things that we’re selling, most with pictures, and we’ve been giving the list to whomever might be interested. This has been great  for taking to church and giving to people when they ask what we have. We managed to sell quite a few things that way. We also had a ’sneek peek’ garage sale yesterday afternoon after church so we had a few people come by and we managed to sell another $600 worth of stuff.

This coming Saturday is our BIG garage sale where we hope to get rid of most everything else. We hope. We still have our washing machine, refrigerator, lounge suite, bunk beds and other various things. Interestingly the things I thought would take the longest to sell, like my piano, went first. And by the way, I almost cried when the piano got taken away. I think it’s because I don’t think we’ll be able to afford to replace it when we move. It’ll go on my wish list though.

So. Where were we? Yes. My husband does not have a green card. He has no job to go to in America. We have no house to go to in America. We are moving out of our house and selling all of our possessions this week.  Does this sound nuts? You bet. Are we excited? Absolutely. Do we still believe it’s what God wants us to do? Without a doubt.

More later.

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18th June 2007

Listings on Trade Me

Sorry for the lack of posts the last few days. We’re seriously in “we’re moving in four days” mode, so we’re spending most of our evenings sorting through things and deciding what to put up for auction on Trade Me  For my American readers, Trade Me is the equivalent to Ebay. And it’s huge in New Zealand. Apparently some of the large companies are actually blocking Trade Me from being accessed from work computers because of the sheer amount of time people are spending checking auctions during work hours. When I worked at the University of Waikato we had a newsletter from the IT department to say that outside of Google, Trade Me was the most frequently accessed website from university computers.

Anyway, for my few New Zealand readers, please go look at our auctions HERE!   My husband said that if you or someone you know wants the washing machine or refrigerator he’d deliver it to Auckland, or anywhere between us and Auckland.

And I will be continuing my series on Journey to America soon. We’re not moving to the States yet, but we’re going to be housesitting for four weeks for friends, which saves us a bit of money and gives us a chance to transition. More on that soon.

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