Happy New Year, 2015!!
Since we’ve arrived in Johannesburg (and even several months before) we’ve been looking for a place to call home. A family asked us to house-sit for them while they were on Christmas/New Year’s vacation, and it was perfect timing for us: we’d have a place to stay the first 2 weeks in Joburg, which would give us time to look for a place of our own. There was an apartment building just 3 blocks from the ministry center, but we were told that all of the rooms were rented. We went and talked to the building manager anyway, who shared with us that on Dec 31 a lady who lived in one of the 2 bedroom apartment would be moving out. Before we had even seen it we told him we wanted it. But there was quite the process of getting approved to move into the building! We had to give copies of all of our documents, they ran a credit check on us, (we didn’t need a background check because it was part of our visa process), and we had an hour interview with the owner of the building. Quite a thorough process, I must say! The good news is that we were able to prove that we’re not criminals, and we signed the lease agreement on Saturday and got the key on Monday. There are 2 bedrooms, a bathroom, and a large room that is the kitchen/living room. It is exactly what we need, and in a perfect location to walk to the ministry center every day!
It feels so good to now have a place of our own! We’re still house sitting for the family and they won’t be back until Sunday, which has given us this week to clean, get some basic furniture and unpack. I can’t even explain how good it felt to unpack my suitcase for good. Isaac and I have literally be on the road for the past 10 months . We moved out of our apartment in March and have called 22 different houses “home” since then. We are glad that house number 23 is our home where we can put roots down. God has given us a home, answered our prayers, and even given us a house to live in while we get our home ready. 2015 is already off to a great start!