We purchased tickets last week. Because we have to purchase tickets to apply for a visa, and because the visa can take up to two months to process, we had to get tickets in January to make sure that the visa is processed in time for our departure. The best date price-wise was January 17th, so our ministry in Bulgaria will (Lord willing) begin January 18th.
Please pray that David's visa application will go through quickly and smoothly. Pray also that this waiting time in Minnesota will be productive. We hope to use this time to spread the vision for Bulgaria, and maybe even lay the groundwork for getting future teammates to join us in Sofia.