First Priorities for 2017
One of the big questions we get concerns the location for the school. Many have asked where we plan to open. Beyond knowing it will be in Dumfries, it is still a bit premature for us to try and nail down a specific location at this point.
For one thing, leasing a facility this far ahead of our opening date would be unwise. In addition there are some legal pieces which are still being put in place.
James & Khandu moved their family to Dumfries to be available to help with the Bible College.
(And they are great cooks too!)
Some things about the United Kingdom are not so united. For example, Scotland is a completely separate legal jurisdiction for overseeing charities. Andrew Wommack Ministries Europe (AWME) sponsored our visas to be here. They are registering with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR for short). Approval by OSCR will allow the Bible College to legally operate here in Scotland.
They expect to hear back next month and we hope to have full OSCR approval at that time. Please pray that we will continue to find favor with the government officials as we move forward in the process. Also pray that that the approval comes through quickly.
Once AWME receives OSCR approval our work starts in earnest. We will be able to begin marketing the opening of the school here in Dumfries. Until then we are somewhat limited in what we can do here beyond meeting with folks in person.
In the meantime, Lisa and I see that it would be good for us to focus on getting our UK drivers licenses in the first part of the year. We will need to get UK licenses sometime within the first twelve months we are here.
Passing our driving tests in the first part of the year just makes sense. From what we understand the testing process is a bit more challenging than back in the USA. Therefore we will sign up for some driving lessons to ensure we are ready and can pass the test the first time. That seems to us like a good use of our time.
So that’s something you can pray for us about.