Hello there. It’s been a while.
You’ve been on our minds quite a lot over the past six months. We were waiting to update you until we knew our future plans. It took much longer to reach a decision than we’d anticipated.
After much deliberation, prayer, and conversation, we have decided that we will be leaving TeachBeyond and moving back to the States this summer. This was a difficult decision to make. We have loved our time in Germany, at Black Forest Academy, and with TeachBeyond, but feel that this chapter of our lives in closing.
There are several reasons motivating this decision. First, since Mia’s birth, it’s been much harder for me (Dani) to find community. We live outside of town, and, with only one car, the logistics of getting around with a baby are difficult. Second, we came to Germany to work with the students of Black Forest Academy. While Israel’s work at TeachBeyond supports many schools like BFA, we are not passionate enough about education in and of itself to justify and motivate continued support raising. Third, our lifestyle here is not sustainable. We desire more stability in our lives. The transient nature of this place makes long-term relationships very difficult. We are pretty spiritually dry and burned out. We are also weary from living in another culture. Lastly, Israel has long desired to start his own business. He is constantly coming up with new ideas. The determining factor in our decision was the knowledge that if we didn’t pursue some of his ideas, we would regret it. Since we are required to leave Germany for at least a year anyway, this is a natural transition time for us to pursue these ideas.