That is correct we are leaving for South Africa in less than 100 days.
Ninety-seven days from now we will be taking our family across the World to follow Gods will for our life. We are very excited to get to work and to help turn Africa upside down for Christ. Even though we are ready to go, we are only at 88% of our needed support. This is great and we praise the Lord, but we want to be fully supported when we arrive in South Africa. This means we still need 12 new supporters to reach our goal.
We have been asking for prayers for awhile now, because we've known the visa process is a difficult one. Other missionaries have been rejected, and quite frankly, it has been stressful. Just last week we got news the consulates here in the US are no longer giving volunteer visas.This felt like a punch in the gut. But my wife reminded me of Jeremiah 29:11- 13, " For I know the thought that I think towards you, Saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search me with all your heart".
So, after much prayer, I am excited to share we have a new plan of action. We don't want to be twiddling our thumbs trying to get our visas, a week out from our departure date. So we have hired an attorney in South Africa to walk us through this process, in country. She has successfully helped missionaries in the past. This is exciting because we feel it will ensure our visas, and eventually the goal of permanent residency.
Although it is exciting, it is quite costly. Once arriving in South Africa, we now have to fly straight to Durban where our attorney can file the necessary paperwork. This extra flight is going to be an additional $400. On top of that, the attorney fees add up to about $6000 ($1000 per applicant). That seems like a huge number, but if it will allow us to get where God has called us, it is worth every penny. We are trusting the Lord to provide for these extra expenses, and have no doubt that He will.