We are praising God for his supply and grace to us. Many people in the US may not know, but visas and permits are a great hurdle for missionaries at times. We have been endeavoring to obtain what is called a permanent visa (5 years, then we can apply for residence) since we moved here last June. We have had to spend approx. $400 per month for the past nine months to obtain temporary visas each month; the first three months were free. Our home church provided the majority of the almost $8000 initial cost for the permanent visa application in October, and we are thankful for that.
So rejoice with us as we were granted these five-year visas this past Tuesday. What a day that was, we all had to travel to the capitol to; finish the paperwork, submit photographs, copies of passports, have fingerprints taken and of course pay more money. It was such a long time for children to sit in an office (nearly five hours for the last ones). We did send the children with our young adults to the mall down the street four at a time as they finished, to get something to eat, but the last three had to wait for Dawn and I. I had reserved three rooms at a hotel for us to go to after, because I knew it would be trying and because Dawn has not regained her strength yet. So we celebrated with games in our rooms, dinner at Denny’s and dessert in our rooms again. Next morning free breakfast at the hotel and a long drive back to Siguatepeque, but with joyful hearts thanking God that we can now stay and work for him for five more years. The only catch is that each year we must return to Tegucigalpa for a new residence card, and, of course, pay $35 each.
(Filipenses 2:16) Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.