So much to share here! Firstly, and probably most importantly, last week we received an invitation to pick up our 2012 Austrian Residence Permits!!! We had a crazy couple weeks of ups and downs with our residence permits, but then on Wednesday morning, May 30th, Gregory received an email with a letter inviting us to come in on June 12th and pick up our residence permits! We were and still are overjoyed! It is amazing how God continues to make a way for us to serve Him here in Vienna. He has indeed called us to this place, and we are loving watching and waiting as He puts all the pieces together in a way that brings great glory to His Name!
We have also found a great apartment that we're hoping to have. In the midst of the residence permit drama, thinking we may be silly in even doing so, we visited this apartment and were quite impressed. The location is better than we could have even asked for, both in terms of nearby amenities and situation in a strategic community. The apartment is just the right size we were praying for, even right down to the room sizes and layout! The cost is fair for the market and almost exactly what we have budgeted, slightly under even. So now we wait to see if God has it for us. We have no way of knowing who the neighbors are and how God is working in their hearts, so we're thankful that He knows if these are the people among whom He wants us to live and share life. We hope to know something by the end of next week!
Language learning continues to progress. Gregory and I are both quite encouraged by our understanding thus far. We've come a long way in just a month! But we are still at the very beginning stages of learning this language, and that means lots of misunderstandings and miscommunications and blank stares. :) And is typical in language learning, we are so limited in our ability to say much. Fortunately, we've been through this before, so I think we're able to laugh at ourselves and be a little more patient in the process than before when we were learning Turkish. I recently started reading my morning devotions in German (with the help of an English translation as well), and that's been such an encouraging source of both linguistic and spiritual growth.
I'm really excited to see how God moves us forward in the next month, in so many areas. Have I mentioned before that I'm really ready to settle into our own place? Well, August is looking to be an incredible month! I hope!
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