Anyway, we'd been praying a lot that if it wasn't God's will he would shut the door, and well, he did. I had interviewed with the company and they said they wanted to hire me they just needed to confirm it with their parent company in the States, and lo and behold a couple weeks later I received and email stating that they were sorry to inform me but they weren't able to hire me after all. It was disappointing to say the least, but we were at least able to remind ourselves that we had been praying and God had answered that prayer even if it wasn't in the way we were hoping.
Now, as I mentioned at the beginning, we are in fact moving, and we are moving to Bangkok but for different reasons than I mentioned above. If you read our Christmas post you probably remember us writing about how we were considering moving down to Bangkok to take Thai lessons, well, that's what we're doing.
These past few months God has put a burden on both Maria and my heart that we should be doing something other than what we are doing but we just haven't been sure what that was. We've been praying, talking, searching -- hence why we thought the job was what God wanted us doing -- but until now we haven't known for sure. Anyway, as soon as we received the email stating that I wasn't hired both our thoughts went went somewhere along the lines of, "We need to learn Thai now." but we didn't know how that was going to happen. Especially since we didn't have the money to move, or the money for lessons.
For those of you who don't know us, Maria and I hate cities, especially a city like Bangkok. We've never felt called by God to move to the city, but a few months ago Maria and I were both sitting at church when we turned to each other and said, "We should consider going to Bangkok for language learning." That was so out of the ordinary that we were both shocked by it, but we told God that if he provided three months living expenses we would take that as a sign that it was from Him and move down to Bangkok.
Right before Christmas we received some money from some family member specifically for moving to Bangkok that would cover about a months living expenses but we didn't receive any more money so we figured God was telling us no, and then the possible job came up so we figured that was God's will, but as you already know, that fell through. Well, two days after hearing that I wasn't hired by the company some good friends of ours told us that they wanted to help us with language learning and they were going to give us some money to go towards that. That money combined with the money we had saved is right about three months living expenses, so we are taking that as a sign from God and are moving to Bangkok to go to start language school.
I am going to attend it while Maria takes care of the kids, and we're praying that after I finish Maria can take it for a few months so she can also learn more than she already knows. The school we'll be attending is called Union Language School, they have been around for 65 years and were started as a school to get missionaries speaking the language as soon as possible. It's a very intensive four hours a day, five days a week program and is nine months long.