Saturday, 27 January 2018

Preparing for the Unknown Whilst Facing the Unknown...

This week has been quite an interesting one for me. On Wednesday I found out that I was being made redundant. Before I get showered with sympathy and concern (which I do appreciate) I am fine. It was not unexpected and I had already had the conversation that if someone needed to go I would be willing to go first due to the whole Slovenia situation. I am very grateful that God has give me peace about the whole situation. I am sad to leave because I will miss the work and the people but I know that God has a different plan for my future.

Cleaning Roman pottery
For those who have wondered what an indoor archaeologist does, this is my office! I have been working here for 3 and a half years and although I have experienced many ups and downs, good times and bad, it will be strange not to go back.

I know I was leaving already and I know that this change was always going to come but it feels and is more definite now. I don't yet have an end date but knowing me there will be tears!

So what does this mean for Slovenia? Well as I say this was expected although I had hoped to be able to stay on until I left. That being said I am hopeful that things will speed up a bit. I am totally dependent on God's timing and I know that He is in control. I am still fundraising and it is now more essential than ever that the finances come through so that I can go!

Lidija and I in Slovenia
On a happier note, yesterday I got to spend the day with Lidija Novak who has been in England at a conference in Leicestershire. I was able to show her and her friend Sharon around St. Albans and catch up with the latest news from the church in Ljubljana. It was a lovely day and I feel blessed knowing that I will be spending more time with her and her family when I move to Slovenia. The ladies group from the church had sent me a card with blessings, encouragements and prayers as I prepare to be with them. It is such an encouragement to feel part of the church there before I have even arrived!

Please keep praying for me especially in light of my latest news. I don't know the future but God does and I know that this is all happening for a reason.

24 To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— 25 to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.

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