At least we think…we’re good to go. We’ll know for sure in about three (3) months.
What an amazing intervention by God! After making an appointment for this past Monday morning to fill out the proper paperwork in Brazil, the man in charge said that we couldn’t do the process with him that morning. Even still, he took us into his office at the Federal Police in Anapolis, Brazil, and talked to us. After looking at Caleb’s Visa and the paperwork, he of course noted the mistake, and said that he couldn’t do the paperwork—we’d have to return to the Brazilian Consulate in the United States and start the process over. I pointed out that the Brazilian Consulate corrected their own mistake, but he said: “Sure, they did, but to what document does this correction apply? It could be to any document…” Such was the attitude of the man we were working with. Anyhow, after he said this, he was silent, staring at the documents. I put my head down, as did my mother who was helping with Caleb during all this, and we began to pray fervently, asking God to work in this man’s heart and in the whole situation. After what seemed like an eternity of silence, but was really only about 4 minutes probably, I looked up and saw that he had begun filling out the paperwork!!! Can you believe it?? He then proceeded to tell me that he didn’t know if it would go through all the way with the error, but that he was going to try—I told him we were going to pray that it would go through without problems! So, in about three months I can call that office in Brazil and see if Caleb’s Visa and Permanent Residency for Brazil have been approved, or if we’ll have to start all over again. Please pray with us that it will go through!
All in all, Caleb and I had a good trip to Brazil and back, though I am still trying to catch up on sleep—I don’t sleep well on airplanes overnight, especially not when I’m holding a kid the size of Caleb on my lap for eight (8) hours! But God is good, and we continue to trust Him for all our needs, large and small.
You can also expect a larger update in the regular mail from us soon, probably in a week or two. Keep in touch! And thanks for praying for us!