Friday, 11 July 2014

Another update (yep, we're still not home...)

It's been a great week. Sure, we still can't go home and we still have no indication about when we may, but it's been good anyway. 

Today I'm linking up with Kate at the Lotus Creative for Daily diaries

We've been living in the home of our friends who are away, with another couple from our building. It's been fun and convenient and I'm so glad we had this opportunity. More good things that have come out of this situation in this last week:

- my nails are looking better; both houses we've lived in so far have had dishwashers and it's been just what my nails want!

- our German has been improving; we usually speak English at home, but the last 2 weeks the language in the lounge has been German.

- We've had an incredible view; looking over the little marktplatz and over at our building in the distance.

- We've learned to appreciate new tastes; I had no idea that I love Frischkase. Call me converted because this will become a regular!

- Our plants which we moved to another location are doing beautifully! I pictured seeing them on our veranda this Summer, but at least they're flowering somewhere!
- we've been back in Richtsberg this last week, and it's been so good to be back in the area and see people more often. We also had another dinner where everybody from our building was invited, and that made my heart very happy!

Furthermore, some verses have been on my mind this week... 

'Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.' (Hebrews 13:2) 

'Then the righteous will answer Him, "Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?" The King will answer and say to them, "Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me."' (Matthew 25:37-40) 

"For whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because of your name as followers of Christ, truly I say to you, he will not lose his reward." (Mark 9:41) 

"In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.' " (Acts 20:35) 

We've been so well looked after these last two weeks, and tomorrow we're moving into our next temporary home until the end of July (assuming our building won't be ready til some time in August or September). 
Studentenwerk has been able to provide everybody with accommodation, but their options are pretty limited. We've been so incredibly blessed by having people let us live in their homes while they're away, easing the burden on Studentenwerk a tiny bit, and making our lives more comfortable.

The thing is, we feel incredibly blessed and overwhelmed by how kind people have been to us, and yet, the verse says that it's more blessed to give than to receive... which means that our hosts are even more blessed than we are!
I said it last week, and I'm a broken record on this, so here it goes again... It's good to be a part of God's family in Marburg!

Friday, 4 July 2014

An Update

It's hard to believe it's been a week and a half already. We still know very little about when we're able to move back in again, although at least we know that the building is safe to move back into. They've also ruled out technical fault as a cause and are suspecting arson, the thought of which makes me sick.

We've been back to our apartment a few times now to get things out or organise things. There's very little damage to our flat, since not much smoke actually got in. I think it helps that we and our neighbours exited through our balconies and didn't open the door to the stairwell so not too much smoke came in through there.

Our apartment, especially the kitchen, did get really hot though. The fire must have been pretty much directly under us, since the smoke came out the basement window at our balcony.

I'm not sure this hook is all that functional anymore?

this poor spoon was lying next to the sink.

We need to wear face-masks if we go in, since the smoke is still lingering. Again, our apartment isn't too full of smoke. I was really glad to have a mask when I was in the kitchen though, cleaning out the sink still standing will water in coffee mugs. There's no water so I wrapped them in newspaper and took them elsewhere to wash.

While they try to restore electricity, gas and water to the building and clean the walls, we're really thankful that the building is still structurally safe. We were also well aware that something good MUST come from the whole situation.

And we've seen it.

Like, I've learned to cycle with no hands. (For a few seconds at a time, at least) The cycle path to where we're living is quiet and flat and fairly straight, giving me the perfect chance to practice. Plus, Wehrda and the paths around here are just beautiful.

We've got to know our friends so much better. Living with them for over a week has been so much fun, sharing life and stress and uncertainty has been balanced by sharing laughter and meals and responsibility. Plus, I learned how to do a fish tail braid during the Germany-Algeria game half-time. Happens when there are 6 girls, I guess?

Our building has united, at least a little. Neighbours have become so much more important, and looking out for one another, sharing information and meeting for meals is becoming possible.

We've seen God's provision. I've sort of lost track of all the places we could live next - so many people have offered us place to live, given us their apartment or rooms, and we have no fear of tomorrow. It's good to be a part of God's family in Marburg!

With that said, tomorrow we move to our next place where we'll be for a week, until we know more information and are able to decide where we should go.