We’re almost there!
Less than three weeks to go. After making the decision last October to decamp to Africa as missionaries, we are on the verge of exchanging the UK for Zambia.
As many of you will know, the process was held up by a total rule change in Zambia’s immigration rules. Work permits – previously unnecessary until the third month in Zambia – were suddenly a prerequisite of entrance.
The application process for the work permits was a long one, and we were told that the immigration department took months to approve them. However, after finally submitting the application on July 10, the permit was granted less than 24 hours later! Our God is a God of miracles.
We are now set to leave the UK on Sunday August 18 and arrive in Zambia on Monday August 19. Benjamin has been registered with Lechwe, an international school, and will re-start a completely new set of A Levels in September.
Our other children will be home schooled by using the Bible-based, Christian curriculum ACE (Accelerated Christian Education) with the support of TEACH (The European Academy for Christian Homeschooling). The children will be working towards their ICCEs (International Certificates of Christian Education), which is recognised by a vast number of colleges and universities around the world. That’s a lot of acronyms to remember!
We also have been blessed with a house to rent, albeit one that is at present completely unfurnished, but friends in Kitwe are on the lookout for beds and more. There is the option of moving into the church’s small apartment for a short time until we can get hold of furniture.
We will also need a car in Kitwe, and have various friends across the country looking out for something that would suit both our needs and our budget.
We are currently in the process of trying to pack up our house, visit friends and relatives across the country, fit in immunisations, complete paperwork and more before our departure so things are a little manic at the moment.
If you are a praying person, we would really appreciate prayer in general and for the following specifically:
- A safe and incident-free journey to Zambia
- A car to come available that will be reliable and inexpensive
- Peace for all of us
- Increased financial support, specifically in monthly donations
We’d love your support.
We’re really excited to have been given the opportunity to move to Kitwe as missionaries. But as we won’t be paid for our work, we would really appreciate it if you might consider helping us.
We are very aware of the financial pressures people are under. But if you feel you could help us financially, there are two ways to get involved. We really need individuals and businesses who would be able to sponsor us with a regular monthly payment of any amount.
All giving will go through Avail, a national charity which has been supporting missionaries since 1988.
If you have pledged but have not set up your monthly standing order yet, or if you would like to help us with a monthly gift, Avail’s bank details are as follows:
Account name: Avail
Account number: 64650611
Sort code: 40-27-15
The Avail account is with HSBC, 33 Park Row, Leeds LS1 6AG.
When you set up the standing order, please include your name and ‘Green’ as a reference, so that Avail know who it is for. Please write ‘Your surname’/Green as the reference.
If you are a UK tax payer, allowing your monthly gift to be gift-aided will make a HUGE difference to us. For example, a £30 monthly gift would be increased to £37.50 with gift aid added on – at no extra cost to you.
To set up gift aid, call Avail directly on 0113 234 3013 and ask to speak to Esther or email Esther at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’d like to find out more about Avail you can find them at www.availmission.com
Thank you again for your generosity – we couldn’t do this without you.
One-off donations would also be amazing.
These can be made via our home church, Jubilee Church Wirral. Donating via Jubilee is safe and secure and means you can Gift Aid your donation. To donate, please visit bit.ly/missionzambia
We really appreciate your prayers and any help you can give us.