Thursday, June 26, 2008

News from New Brunswick

We have been house hunting. We have to live somewhere for a year, and since house prices and rent are so high in the west we began to consider living in the East or in Saskatchewan. We did some house searching online while in Africa and seriously considered Saskatchewan. However, before returning our search was led to NB. Not by my family (who lives out here)... in fact, my mother didn't seem convinced that we would feel comfortable living back here... but we explained that we don't need to feel comfortable (too comfortable) since our desire is to return to Africa!!! That being said... we would just like to have something to come back to (somewhere to touch base) and not have to worry every single time about where we are going to live. We won't always have our parents to lean on... praise God we have them now (as they understand furlough's and how it all works and that it is not that easy)... however this would relieve some pressure having something to come back to that we can have organized and be ready to move in when we return. Currently we are looking in an area where my mother grew up. In fact, this house is VERY close to where she grew up. We have gone to look at the house, gone through it, and talked with the lady who owns it. I grew up with her daughter-in-law. Anyway, all that being said, we have asked them to get together and discuss what it is that they want for the house (they are asking $70,000) and what they are willing to leave with the house (i.e. beds, fridge, stove, etc)... they will get back to us on Sunday or Monday and then we can make a counter offer... or just say YES or NO. WE would ask for your PRAYERS! Please pray this weekend that God will sort out all of the details and we will know one way or another... whether or not it is the right thing or the wrong thing. We don't want to be hasty, yet we have to settle on something before we head out west, as when we return we will need to get our kids into school. So PRAYER... that is what we need... and lots of it! Discernment, wisdom, guidance, etc...! Once we have figured out this whole house thing we will pack our bags and head out on a road trip to the West! We are looking forward to visiting with many of you... of course we will not be able to connect with ALL of you... but we will do our best. Once we know what our plans our we will publish and itinerary and if we are in your area then you can contact us and let us know if you would like us to visit. Quebec and Ontario are the only places we don't know a great deal of people... so if you know someone who would like to host a family of SIX... we would love to hear about it! The area between Sault St. Marie and the Manitoba border is the most boring and longest part of the trip (or so it seems)... so if you know anyone between there (Thunder Bay, etc) man we would love to have someone to drop in on. We are hoping that Pete can find a job in Alberta on a rotation (month on month off or something like that) for while we are back... first of all to help make a large dent in the mortgage... secondly to put food on the table... thirdly to keep him busy... and fourthly to try and get some finances together to enable us to go back to Namibia with some of the necessary funds to be able to carry out the projects God has laid on our hearts. That is a lot to think about...! We are very dependant on God and his people to continue to help supply our needs here in Canada. We are also going to be in touch with a mission or two that we would like to have umbrella us upon our return to Namibia (so people can get receipts). We have a lot to accomplish, and we are tired and feeling a little burnt out. Also our bodies are not adjusting as quickly to the humidity, elevation, food, time change, etc as we would have hoped. But... that is a part of the adjustment period. We would ask you to continue to pray concerning our finances...! God knows our needs... so you can ask him to reveal them to you... or feel free to send us an email. The trip west will be expensive with fuel, food and lodging (if we have to take hotels)... but we know it is a necessary journey that we must make... not only for the sake of our supporters but for the sake of our family.We look forward to sharing with each of your personally concerning our vision and passion for Africa, and to answer any questions you may have! We thank you for your financial and prayer support over the last 3 years, and we look forward to seeing how God will work out the details for the road ahead!
The Knightly's

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