Sunday, October 3, 2010

Being Flexible

Two Sundays ago, we had our commissioning at Cypress Bible Church. It was a very special morning where we got to see the love and support of all our friends and family come together in one morning. We were prayed for at all three services with a lot of our family present at the middle service and members of our "prayer and care team" at all three services. Our missions pastor shared that "today is a win for the Perez family, Cypress Bible Church and Indonesia!"
We also got to share a tiny bit of our story and how the Lord has been working in our lives for many years to lead us to a life of serving in Indonesia with Mission Aviation Fellowship.
The lyrics to one of the songs we sang that morning really spoke to my heart: "Take my life and let it be all for you and your glory! Take my life and let it be yours! Glory to God!"

SO, after being commissioned TWO weeks ago, why are we still here in the states and not on a plane to Indonesia? I'm glad you asked :) because below is an e-mail that we sent out yesterday to many of our friends and family. If you didn't receive it, here it is again for you to read and get the latest news! :)
Today, October 2, was the day we had originally planned on boarding a plane to Indonesia. Well, we are defiantly not on an airplane right now headed to our new home! We wanted to explain what our delay is all about and what we are up to until we leave.
Our visas are still in Indonesia waiting to be processed by the Indonesian government, so there is really nothing we or anyone else in MAF can do to speed this process along besides pray! Also, some of the leadership in our team in Indonesia is in transition right now, so it is probably better that we are not there right now as the new leaders are getting settled into their new position. By the time we make it there, they will be ready to welcome us into the country and help us get settled. The final reason it seems it's better for us to wait to leave is because the team right now in languages school is so large (8 families, I think) that all the MAF houses are occupied! So, the new leadership is trying to find a house for us to rent our in Salatiga while we are in language school.
We hope now to depart on October 30. This will put us into Indonesia with a couple of weeks to get settled in and then we will begin language school on November 15. The language school there starts in the middle of every month, and MAF wants us to get there about 2 weeks early to get all of our paperwork in order and to get settled into our new home before we start school.
We were disappointed in this delay at first because we are so excited to get to Indonesia, but we can already see a few reasons why the Lord has us waiting. As you can see, there are a few things you can be praying for us:
-visas would come in with plenty of time for us to leave on October 30, if it is the Lord's plan.
-for the new leadership to adjust well to their new role in Indonesia.
-for the perfect house to become available for our family to live in during our 9 months in language school.
In the meantime, we will be in the Houston area and would LOVE to spend time with you. Our weeks are numbered here, so let us know if you want to hang out! We are also finishing up packing our crates and getting all those last minute doctors appointments in. Thank you so much for you r support, love, encouragement and partnership in the journey. We love you all!
Much Love,
Daniel and Becky Perez

1 comment:

Ashley Howard said...

So glad that things are falling into place. We will be praying that the visas get here for you on time. Let us know if you need anything in the mean time!!!

A Glimpse into the lives of a family on a journey to serve God through aviation in Indonesia!