Moving and packing up all your earthly belongings can be quite the process. These plates we received at our wedding, that I love, but are too heavy…sell. The books we use for teaching or preaching…pack. This baby toy bought for Connor before he was born; but that he’s too old to play with anymore…try to sell what I think it’s worth in sentimental value, sold for pennies to a new kid. Clothes that are too warm for the tropical climate we’re moving to…give away. It is humbling and freeing and nerve-wracking, all at the same time. It’s a reminder that material things are just that…things.
Tomorrow begins our process of moving from Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo to Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. Like many things in DR Congo, it’s going to be a bit more difficult. Last week, we started our move by putting 700lbs of our belongings on a cargo plane that went to the capitol city of Kinshasa in DR Congo. Tomorrow, our family flies with the rest of our things (260lbs) in suitcases to Kinshasa, where we will stay for 3 days applying for and obtaining visas to gain entry into the Republic of Congo. Our first set of belongings will meet us at the guesthouse where we are staying. Once we are granted visas to the Republic of Congo, we’ll collect all our tubs and suitcases and cross the Congo River (which resides between the two capitol cities of the Congo’s) by speedboat.
Please pray for us as we have a week of moving ahead. Pray for safe travels. Pray for our visas from the Republic of Congo to be granted and returned in good time. Finally, pray for our border crossing across the Congo River by boat, with all of our earthly belongings.
Let the adventure of moving in Central Africa begin…