Other than monthly prayer letters and the occasional Facebook post or tweet, we haven’t published a lot. To be honest, we probably should have. To be even more honest, you probably would have gotten bored. The last three years have been critically important, yet also pretty repetitive. Drive to a church, preach and present the need in Slovenia, drive to another church…
As we get closer to leaving, we will be sharing more with you. The next few posts will cover some of the specifics of moving internationally.
For Katie and I to live in Slovenia, the Slovene government requires a number of things. They want proof of our health insurance. They want to know that our children have been educated. They want to know that we will be financially supported from outside their country. They want to know that we are not criminals, ruthless or otherwise.
All of those things are relatively simple. The harder challenge is being invited. To gain a residence permit (which will start out at one year and then can be renewed and extended), one must have a reason to be there. People moving for work must already have a job (and jump through a number of hoops). People like us need a registered, authorized Slovenian organization to invite us. The US equivalent would be a church or 501(c)3 inviting someone to do work here.
I began work on all of this last November (2013), but I made almost no progress until September. Monte Barlow, a church planting missionary in Slovenia from Oklahoma, was able to register a volunteer organization that now has the right to invite people.
People like Katie and I.
The last six weeks has been a whirlwind of short trips, long trips, next-day air packages, apostilles (what on earth are those?!), and passport photos. Over the next few posts, I will pull back the curtain on what it takes to move to Central Europe.