2020 really did a number on our plans! Ryan was not able to travel for work (as a freelance humanitarian Photographer) and all his contracts and opportunities were either canceled or postponed, so we were almost entirely without an income for the entire year of 2020. Unable to try and save we are now living off of any savings/credit we have, which is obviously not sustainable.
With no end in sight to COVID restrictions and having spent the best part of the last 12 months living in limbo, we have decided the only viable option for us is to move back home to Australia! Ryan will still continue his humanitarian photographic work so our main ministry will continue. We just won’t be living in an international volunteer missionary context anymore.
Juanita will hopefully be able to find work in her field, now that her Master’s degree in Refugee Protection & Forced Migration is completed; and there seem to be a lot of good opportunities for her in Australia to have a fulfilling career in this. We hope it will be a good amalgamation of her life as a missionary and her academic studies.
Both Hazel & Daphney are absolutely thrilled to be living someplace close to their Grandma & Grandad. They have been glowing with happiness and talking about how they will actually get to go to school in English! They have never done this before - if you don’t count our homeschool this year.
- Finances, we have had almost no income in 2020 and are going into debt
- Being closer to family
- Better work opportunities for Juanita
- The girls’ education and future
- Cross-culture living fatigue
With COVID travel restrictions, Australia's limited arrival quotas, and mandatory hotel quarantine on arrival in Adelaide our costs are high. As we have to leave most of our home, furniture, and things here in Ukraine, we need to purchase those things, again, to set up our home back in Australia.
Air Tickets: $9000
Mandatory Quarantine: $6000
Shipping of our most important possessions: $3000
Initial rent, bond, and setting up a home in Australia: $2000
Total: $20,000 AUD
We are planning to return to Adelaide, Australia in the beginning of May 2021!
- Daniel Vlad
- Sarah Castor
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