After many months of waiting, at the end of June I finally became an American citizen! It still hasn’t quite sunk in that I’m American, and I have a lot of work to do on my accent, but we are happy that we will be able to come and go freely from the US for the rest of our lives without worrying about visas and residence permits.
In May I was grateful for the opportunity to fly to England for three weeks in order to take the final module of my MA in Bible and Mission at Redcliffe College. The three weeks were a busy time of studying and also visiting friends, family, colleagues and the three churches we have links with in the UK.
When moving to a new culture it is normal to experience culture shock. This can be very surfacey things like the weather, or how people talk, but often the real shock is from discovering over time that people think in subtly but significantly different ways to you, and that their whole thought processes start from different assumptions.
2010 has been a year of transition for us, spending time on three continents, saying goodbye to some friends and family and being reunited with others. Here are a few photos to tell our story of 2010…
One day the whole world will be united in God’s perfect kingdom. Until that time we have immigration laws, visas and residence permits. After over 3 years Laura finally received her UK citizenship back in April, which means that she is now British and can come and go from the UK whenever she likes!