Tuesday, July 08, 2008

A Boy Named Aaron and a Place to Call Home!

This week, I am very busy finishing up packing and saying my goodbyes. I was approved for my visa today and am thrilled to announce that I may legally live in Colombia for the next year! A lot of hard work went into that and I would like to thank everybody who helped with the various paperwork!!! In other news...

I HAVE A PLACE TO LIVE! Yes, this probably should have been established a while ago but with everything going on, it just hadn't been decided. Through my visits to Colombia I have become quite close to a particular family. My pastor's wife's parents (try to follow me here) once offered for me to live with them. The commute to my office will be significant and so I had to think long and hard about that option. But since nothing else was really coming up and since I know how well I get along with that family, I have decided to take them up on their offer. I'll be sure and post up a video of my home once I arrive. For now, you can know that, on Colombian terms, it is quite a large house with two stories. I'll have my own bedroom of course and, included in my rent, I'll have breakfasts and dinners there with them. It might sound strange, but after discovering my official place of residence yesterday, the excitement factor has been kicked WAY UP!

I have thought long and hard about this entry. I have all types of viewers out there, after all. I have my family, my close friends, my long-lost friends, my financial supporters, and my prayer partners. All of you play such a unique and wonderful role in my life and I have decided that since I share most everything on this blog (financial stuff, moving stuff, cultural shock, spiritual hurdle etc...) it is time to introduce a new little addition to my life. By little, I mean a 6 foot, tall and handsome, originally-from-India gentleman. Meet Aaron Das:

Aaron and I met a few months ago at our mutual friends' wedding. He was a groomsman and I was a bridesmaid....so cliche, I know. Well, we hit it off immediately seeing as he too is a missionary. His family is originally from India and he has lived here in GA since he was 9 years old. He graduated from Emmanuel College in North GA and has since worked at a bank while waiting for the right doors to open in the mission's world. Aaron was recently part of a YWAM discipleship training school and, after some unexpected turns, is coming home just barely in time to see me leave. Such is life. He's hoping for a possible October visit to Colombia. We'll see. While the long-distance relationship comes with its share of difficulties, we will communicate as best we can and enjoy taking our relationship one day at a time.

Now, back to packing. So much to do and only 8 days in which to do it!!! YIKES!

Quote: "Here is the test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: if you're alive, it isn't."
Richard Bach


Jill said...

:) DAS. Glad you included him in the blog, its time...I mean shopping...come on, its time ;) lol!!!

CA RN to Honduras Missionary said...

Sounds like your place to stay in Columbia is perfect! Enjoy your packing - stay stress free :-) Haha. Love that pic of Aaron! What a cutie! We are starting to move in to our house tomorrow - will really try to call. Love ya! E

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