There are just moments when you have to shake your head and admit, “well, we botched that one”. We had one of those moments last week.
Our paperwork all arrived from Ecuador a week ago Friday. Woo Hoo! It seems we might not need the one last document to apply for visas, and we had hoped to go down to Washington to get our visas last week. All we needed on our end was Matt’s resume and our police checks.
Perhaps a downfall to having lived so many places is that although we are so aware that regulations are different everywhere, we sometimes forget where we are living and try to apply regulations from somewhere else to our current situation. Evidence #1 Police Checks. Other places we’ve lived, you just go down to the local police station, submit an application, and in a matter of minutes, you’ve got your police check in hand. La di da di da di da!
We live around the corner from a local police station, so police check always made it onto the to-do list, but would be low priority because we knew we could just run over and grab them one morning.
In Pennsylvania, you don’t just “run down to the police station”, you submit paperwork to Harrisburg and wait a few weeks for them to process it through the system, one painful day at a time. Insert the above statement “well, we botched that one” here.
So, Monday morning we got the paperwork all completed and hurried it on it’s way to Harrisburg. And now, we pray. We pray that it landed on the desk of someone that would process it through quickly, and that it gets sent back our way speedily! Once the police check is in hand, THEN we’ll head down to Washington for our visas, and then we can get this leaving train back on track!
We’re still waiting for our official departure clearance from WorldVenture before we can officially book the container and tickets, but we are hoping that is coming very soon as we’ve finished up all our pieces and are only needing 2 more partners at $50/month to be FULLY supported!
In the meantime, we are packing and packing and packing, and giving thanks for the meals and help with the kids that the Lord is providing so that we can get all our things ready!
Isaiah 26:3-4 has been frequently in my heart these last weeks:
You keep him in perfect peace
whose mind is stayed on you,
because he trusts in you.
Trust in the Lord forever,
for the Lord God is an everlasting rock
We continue to trust!