Today, after waiting 4 weeks, my student visa arrived via mail before sunrise at 6am. With a massive 4 days to spare, my duration of study has been secured for the next 6 months. Praise the Lord. The day after the necessary monies arrived nearly a month ago, I submitted my visa application and began to pray. When I started this semester last Monday, I had to sign a document at Laidlaw that legally alerted me to the fact that I could study until the 29th (by agreement of terms), but thereafter, without a student visa, I wouldn't be allowed to continue on. To speak plainly: without the visa, I would of had to effectively left the country asap, fleeing from NZ immigration by boat, under the cover of darkness to Australia (Ok that's over dramatic, but visa-less and out of school would have put me in a strange predicament). Thank you to everyone that prayed. I wasn't anxious for a moment the whole time, just excited for how close it would come to the deadline so I could share what God did for me last minute. Semester two at Laidlaw has proved to be amazing thus far. I'm taking two theological courses, a preaching course from renowned pastor and author Timothy Keel of Jacobs Well Church, Kansas City and Introduction to the Old Testament. Doesn't get much better than this. I daily wake up grateful, counting these blessings and provisions from the God we serve.
Thank you to everyone that has also been praying for my students and leadership role at Avondale Baptist Church, KINETIC MINISTRY has just been launched today. It's an exciting time and there are upcoming developments to stay tuned for.
Fun fact #28 - I have now been away from the US nearly 7 months, making NZ the 2nd longest country I have ever lived in, aside from my country of birth.... more updates coming soon.