We are another step closer to our goal of going to Chile in October! This past Tuesday, we had an appointment at the Chilean Consulate and received our temporary residence visas. We learned of our appointment on Friday morning, as Blake packed our bags for a weekend in North Carolina. Needless to say, we were a little frantic as we tried to figure out how we would get to the Consulate in Washington, DC, where we would stay, and how we’d get our work responsibilities covered at such late notice.
Thankfully, we were able to get everything worked out okay. We stayed with a cousin I hadn’t seen in a while, and spent time with another cousin that I don’t get to see very often. It was a real blessing to save money on our trip, but it was a bigger blessing to get to spend time with family. It was also nice because they’re familiar with DC and the Metro system and were able to give us pointers on navigating the city. In fact, everything worked out so well that we were even able to meet friends from McAfee for breakfast right before our appointment. God sure does take care of us. : )
Our appointment was pretty simple and only took about fifteen minutes. We were thumb-printed, had to sign our names on four copies of our visa form, and had to hand over our credit card for payment. I kept looking over at Blake and wondering if it was possible for it to be so easy. We did a happy dance outside, on the sidewalk, once we were out of sight of the Consulate.
What does this visa mean? It means that we can be temporary residents in Chile for a year before applying for an extension. It also means that we have 90 days (well, actually, 84 now) to enter the country before we have to go through the visa process all over again. Even though getting the stamp was a simple process, the rest of the visa process is one we don’t want to have to deal with again until we absolutely have to.
This kind of kicks our fundraising needs and goals into high gear. On our last statement, we were about $13,000 away from being able to go. Since then, we’ve received between $3,000 and $4,000 more in donations, pledges and recurring gifts. We continue to speak at churches and meet with individuals interested in partnering with our ministry.
If you’ve been considering making a one-time gift, or setting up a recurring monthly gift now is the time to do it! It’s easier than ever with this new webpage. Also, if you’ve made a pledge and would like your payments to occur automatically every month, you can set up a recurring gift, as well. We’ve had a lot of people ask about automatic debits, and we’re super excited that’s now possible!! Just click on the link and enter your card
information. If you want it to be debited automatically every month, be sure to
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Thanks for being such a vital part of our ministry!!!!