It’s been four months since my last post, and a lot has changed. Rachel and I are both doing pretty well. Life has been busy and at times pretty stressful, but we are doing our best. We are really missing Japan and the YWAM community there. We have tried to get plugged into Rachel’s church here in the states, but it’s not really been the same. We are really excited about having a Godly community in Seattle though, as we feel like the Lord has one there for us to be apart of.
In further news, about a month ago we were able to go visit my family in Alaska for my sister’s wedding. That was so much fun. It was so great to see family and be able to hangout. We got to spend a week helping out with the wedding and a week just hanging out with everyone.
Rachel and I are both working full-time at our jobs, Rachel is at Starbucks and I am working at her Dad’s meat shop. Rachel was just moved to full-time, and I was given a raise, for our hard work. We have spent the last few months saving up money for moving to Seattle. However, some issues came up with our car and it has nearly depleted our savings. We had to have some work done on the steering and the engine. Our tires were so worn that they didn’t meet state law, so we had to get new tires. And we still have to get our front brakes replaced. Not to mention that our car was involved in a fender bender, and Rachel got a minor concussion. She’s doing a lot better. Things with that, have mostly been sorted out. She had to take a week off from work, but has improved drastically, and just finished two whole days back at work. So, our lives have been crazy.
We are currently living with Rachel’s Grandma. We were house sitting, but our time at that place ran out. We are currently looking and praying for a place in Seattle. School starts for us on the 20th of September. We are hoping to have a place by the beginning of September since Rachel has to transfer to a Starbucks over there, and I need to find a job for the time we are in school. We aren’t really sure how all of this will work out, but we have had lots of favor up until now and we are both convinced that the Lord will provide like he always has. This is an area where we could use plenty of prayers though.
That being said, we are really praying for a place near the school, since we will have classes five days a week, and I may very likely end up working on campus. We are also looking for a place big enough to where we can invite people into our home or host visitors, as discipleship and loving people through hospitality are very important to both of us. However, both of those things make places more expensive as a medium-sized studio or a one bedroom apartment runs about $1500 to $2500 per month. We are also needing to get another computer. My Rachel and I both need a computer for school, so she is probably going to end up using my MacBook Pro and I’m currently hoping to get an iMac or a bigger MacBook Pro place so that I can use that for school projects. The bigger screen would be really helpful with my digital art, and the art department at SPU uses iMacs.
We are super excited to start school!!!! We have our schedule for the first quarter and we even have a class together. I have a communications class, a writing class, a theology class, and my first Art class!!!! I was even awarded a $1000 a year scholarship for an Art portfolio I submitted. We have both receive a lot of financial aid, about 3/4 of our school expenses are covered before loans.
One thing we could use prayer on is our mission. We are attending school knowing this is a season of training, but we feel like this is in many ways just another extension of missions work. We want to work with campus ministries and focus on building up the believers at SPU. We want to do street ministry in downtown Seattle. We strongly believe that there’s a move of God that’s going to hit Seattle, and possibly the west coast. We are wanting to catch the wave and run with it. Cause we’re convinced that this is about so much more than a couple of pieces of paper. So, please be praying for us to meet the right people and find a community for us to run with. We are jumping all in for the King and his Kingdom in this place.
Also, here’s a little video I made a few months ago.