I have tried to put this off for five days now, because I wanted to contact close family friends in person, but someone *cough cough* hasn't been picking up their phone, so I decided I would go ahead and fill you in (you know who you are! call me soon!)
Let me just fill some of you in, in case you haven't been around here for long. Last January, my husband and I started the application process with a Faith based non profit organization (please read between the lines! I use fancy terms for security purposes!) The process is long and arduous, and after five months of paperwork, interviews (3, 3 hour long ones!) psychological and physical exams, and about a bazillion references, we were moved to the next step, which was attending the candidate conference in May. After we did that, it was pretty much a waiting game. Waiting until the board of trustees voted on us, gave their approval, sent us to a commissioning service, and then sent us to two months of training in VA before moving overseas.
As of last week, our start date for our new job was around next March/April, with us not going overseas until July sometime. We were told there was no hope (basically,) for us getting moved up at all, due to the company's financial issues because giving was down.
Then, this Saturday, we got a phone call from our Candidate Consultant (the lady that is charge of us from the start until the beginning of training, essentially,) to let us know that a couple dropped out, for unknown reasons, and we are being moved up!
So, the tentative schedule for us, is as follows:
First, Appointment Week in Shreveport, Louisiana in early November. This is when we get all the technical details of moving overseas, information about our benefits, and about our packing and crating our goods overseas.
Second, have the holidays with the family, wahoo!
Third, Attend training near Richmond, Virginia for two months (late January to late March.)
Fourth, and this is a new step in their training process, move to Vancouver, Canada, for four months of urban training! West coast, here I come! This training runs from early April to late July.
and finally, fifth, move overseas! We will move as soon as the training in Vancouver is over (I think,) and start language school to learn Arabic (it's a 2 year process!) in late August!
Like I said, that is the tentative plan. Things could change, but if we can just make it to the Appointment week in November, then things become pretty much set in stone!
Yay for having a job soon!