We have completed the end of the beginning of the visa process! Once we mail in these papers, we begin the waiting stage! Which, really, is the last stage. 🙂 The end is in sight! We wanted to share with you how your prayers for us were answered today. It was really quite exciting.
We had to travel to Paterson, New Jersey.
That’s about a two hour drive from Moscow and is about twenty minutes from New York City. Needless to say, it was a huge city. We had good directions, but when you get into downtown, it doesn’t really matter. From the way the directions looked, we thought we’d be looking for an actual building. After driving around the downtown city blocks for about twenty minutes, we were unsuccessful in finding the building OR a parking spot. We finally decided to pull into the entrance of a parking garage, even though the sign said that it was full. The attendant at the entrance told us if we were willing to wait, we could probably get a parking spot within the next ten minutes. Perfect! He then proceeded to say that he’d never met anybody from South Dakota and wanted to shake Brian’s hand and find out what we thought of New Jersey and the east coast. 🙂 He asked where we were headed and Brian asked if he knew where the consulate was. He said, “Well, of course! You’re here! That bank building the parking garage is attached to is where the consulate is located.” He told us what floor, where to go, who to ask to show us where exactly to go. Yay!!
When we actually got inside the giant building, the police officer knew exactly where to direct us. Inside the consulate office, no one spoke English. The lady at the front desk took our papers to someone in the back who came out and spoke perfect English. She told us the copies of our passports were not legalized enough. We had to have a county clerk legalize the notary and then she would legalize all of that. We ended up going upstairs to a different notary with new copies that were made for us. Then, we walked down the street to the courthouse where a clerk legalized the notary’s signature. When we got back, we were ushered into the back office and that same lady legalized the entire paperwork mess. And we were done! And all the people in the waiting room were the same people who were waiting when we first came in. Amazing.
We really felt the Lord took care of us today and worked it out well. My family has had to work with consulates before and the process has always been painful and drawn-out. We were amazed that it went so quickly today! So, now, all that’ s left is to mail this stack of papers to Peru and wait for our visas to arrive. You can be praying they get here BEFORE we leave! And then, once we’re in country, that the rest of the paperwork we need to do will go just as well.
Thanks for your prayers! It’s so cool to see the Lord answer prayers so tangibly.
One more hurdle down… just a little over a month to go! 🙂
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