Visas…

Just a quick recap of our day for those of you who are following our story…

We left our home at 3am this morning driving down to Houston to try for visas again.  We arrive in Houston no problem with 2 and 1/2hrs to spare.  We have a fabulous breakfast, again at this restaurant because it’s the only one we know how to easily find.  Then we head over to the Colombian consulate to get our visas.  We are second in line & within the next hour the hallway is FULL!  I am getting pretty anxious…Tyler is cool as a cucumber.

I remember that a few weeks ago I send out a prayer request to a few close friends & Donna Craig sent a response of ‘yes I will pray for you & a group of bible verses for encouragement’.  This verse was in my head from the moment that we got in line:

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. ” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9

It was a lesson that I didn’t want to learn, I wanted to walk into the consulate paperwork prepared, hand it over, be back on the road in 15min, and head off to youth camp that afternoon.

So we walked into the consulate & Tyler asked me to check our paperwork one more time to make sure that we have everything…nope we are missing our plane ticket printouts. We absolutely had to have this piece or we would not be issued a visa.  Panic!!  We get called to the counter as we realize that the only copy we have of the tickets is sitting in Tyler’s briefcase at home or on his ‘fancy high-security laptop’ that only he can access!!  Luckily his mom was able to run to our house and get the record locator number so we could at least pull them up online.  So we had over the paperwork that we had to the consulate employee & explained our situation about the adoption, the missing paperwork, the drive twice now to Houston in hopes that we will still be able to receive the visas today.

We are told, “the Consulate is the only one who can issue visas and he is not in yet.”  That’s it.  So we wait.   About 45min later we get called back to the desk, the Consulate is in & wants to check our paperwork.  30min later we get called to the desk again and are told this, “The Consulate just returned from vacation & is changing how he does things, he wants to go through all of the paperwork with a fine-toothed-comb before he will issue the visas, you will absolutely not receive them today, he will call you in the next 3 days and let you know what he decides.  In the meantime you need to go and print off your plane tickets and bring them back for him to look at.”

Totally dejected we get in the car to head to the nearest FedEx Office to print off our plane tickets.  In the meantime I’ve been checking facebook & we had received so many encouraging messages & we knew there are so many people lifting us up in prayer. Then I received this message from my friend also going through a Colombian adoption in Raleigh, NC:

We are here with the WRONG paperwork and the Atlanta Consulate closes in 2 hours…oh my! We were also told it would cost $50 each, we brought $200 to be safe and found out it is going to cost $225 each. We need to get more money!!

This Gladney family is at the Consulate in Atlanta going through struggles too & they leave this Wednesday to pick up their kids!  And then I got the sweet reminder:

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. ” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9

It’s not our power, our efforts, our glory or even our kids.  It is God’s power and for His glory and they are His children.  Our prayers changed immediately from, “Give us the easy road to God we give you the glory, no matter what.  None of this would be possible without You, You are the only one who can meet our needs, we are weak and powerless and rely fully on your power!!”

We went back to the Consulate with our plane tickets, when we passed them to the employee she said to wait, & make sure the Consulate didn’t need anything else from us.  In 10min we were called to the window again, “the Consulate says to come back in about 2hrs & he is going to try and have your visas ready today.” TODAY!!!

Miracles from today:

Our friend’s facebook posts:

The Consulate is closed. We are locked inside waiting for them to process the visas. They did receive the proper documents @ 1pm. Hopefully we will leave with them in hand. Waiting and PRAYING!!

Raleigh, NC bound WITH our visas! Thank you for praying.  If you would, please pray for my friend Beth & her husband Tyler who are at the Consulate in Houston having similar problems.

Tyler & I arrived back at the Consulate at 1:30, the Consulate closes at 2:00 & it was still packed with people.  We sat down in the employee’s line of sight hoping that we would be called over to the window…at 1:50 we were motioned over & handed our passports containing our visas to travel & pick up our kids!!!  Unbelievable!

This was the employee who was so patient with us all day. It’s official we are a go for travel!

So I am headed off to youth camp, reminded that we serve a God who still performs miracles, & is active in the world today! Can’t wait to see what He has in store for our teens this week, praying that their hearts will be turned to His all sufficient power & grace!

Also just so you can have a visual of our excitement from receiving our passports, picture me singing & dancing to this song (substitute Colombia for Africa) all of the way down the elevator & to the car…people saw, don’t care :))

At the dinnermesa,

Beth

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