To say this week has been an emotional roller coaster is an understatement. I'll try and summaraize:
We've had visa issues. Big ones. Which should come to no surprise if you follow the news. Our country is cracking down BIG time...especially towards foreigners. Tons of our friends have been asked to leave or been issued visas good for only 30 days at a time. Then they must leave the country and return again.
Day 1: the head police officer is TICKED because the computer says we are privately teaching English and earning money on our student visa. Which we weren't, but the computer said we were. This is a kick outable offense.
Day 1 1/2: pray, pray, pray
some of the things we prayed were
~ for female police officer to handle our stuff (they are more compassionate, but very rare to find)
~ for the computer information about us being teachers to be changed somehow.
~ for our school rep. to really work for us and advocate for our visas to be renewed.
~ patience for us
Long day summarized, all the requests answered!! At first they would only issue us a visa until July (no, not a coincidence that the Olympics start in August), but our school rep. continued to push and we got them until Aug. 09!! Everyone we tell here is BLOWN AWAY at this. This is unheard of....but not for the Lord!
And then this Sat. We will have dinner with one of the police officers that handled our visas!