Give ear, O Lord, unto my prayer; and attend to the voice of my supplications. In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou wilt answer me. Among the gods there is none like unto thee, O Lord; neither are there any works like unto thy works.”
When we arrived for our internship in June of last year, we realized our original 90 day visas would not suffice; considering we weren’t planning on leaving until November. So, after 90 days we paid the fee and ordered new visas. Days turned into weeks, and weeks turned into months, and our visas still had not come in! Finally, just a couple of weeks before we were set to leave, everyone’s visas came in except for mine. The day came for us to head back to America, and still no visa. Upon arriving at the airport, I was feeling very nervous and apprehensive about what Border Control would say. I knew they could potentially ban me from the country. Unfortunately, that is exactly what they did. I was declared “undesirable” for 5 years! Obviously, this was a huge bump in the road.
After arriving back in the states I quickly hired a lawyer back in South Africa to appeal this decision. After waiting 9 months, lots of money spent, and plenty of prayers, I finally heard back from my lawyer last week! She informed me my status has been changed! I was issued a waiver and I can now enter SA whenever we have finished our deputation. God is so faithful! And we are so thankful!
Please pray for –
Pastor Tom Hatley health.
Aug was our eighth month of deputation.
We were in a total of 8 churches.
We had 1 new family partner with us!
We are currently at 28% of our needed support.
We travelled 1,240 miles in VA and TN