Tuesday, June 21, 2011

We're back in business!

I haven't written a post in awhile and honestly there wasn't really anything to write about. I felt like our trip wasn't making any progress and honestly wasn't positive that it was going to happen. Things kept popping up in the way of the trip and making it soo much more difficult for everything to come together.
I received my passport about 3 weeks ago and Nick received a letter. A letter that said that they needed more information from him before they would issue him a passport. What information did they need, you may ask? They wanted 3 more documents proving his identity that are 5 years or older. Well, he is only 22 so he doesn't have many things from when he was 17 lying around. One of the funniest things they suggested that we send in was a copy of a yearbook page with his name and picture! That sounds official! We found his old driver's license but that was from only 4 years ago. We also sent in the copy of the yearbook page from when he was in 6th grade. We sent in our marriage license (only 2 years old), a picture of him as a child and his social security card (which they said would not work). We sent in everything we could think of but in the end we only had 2 items that we thought they would except. After waiting patiently for about a week and a half, we called them yesterday and they said that it is being processed! He should receive it in about two weeks! That is amazing!!!! :) We are so excited!
Another snag we hit is money. For awhile we had all of the money that we needed to purchase our airplane tickets in an account. For some reason we just didn't buy them at that time. Not too much later (about 2 weeks ago) I was laid off from my job, which was a blow for us financially. That same day, our car stopped running. It cost almost $700 to fix. Needless to say, our account quickly dwindled.
We just sent out support letters today now that we know Nick's passport is going through. We are confident that God has brought us this far that he will provide the rest of the way as well. If everything had been easy for us we wouldn't have needed to rely on God for the trip, I truly believe this is the reason that everything happened. Our planned departure date is now only 42 days away and I don't have a doubt in my mind that God has it all under control!

In less than 2 months we will be here:

We are also still collecting backpacks for the children at Gathiga Children's Hope Home which is where we will be helping for the 2 weeks we are in Nairobi. Please help us reach our goal of 50 backpacks! :)
If you would like to donate a gently used or new backpack please email me at britthughes06@gmail.com.

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. Matthew 10:29-31