Last week we were given a tentative Embassy date of January 18, but after hearing what happened with the previous group of families (they were given a tentative date of Jan 4 but called a few days before and told not to come because the Embassy wanted more documents on all the cases) we did not have high hopes. Today we found out that we were not given a Jan 18 Embassy date... not a surprise, but certainly disappointing nonetheless.
However, there was good news too: our agency has obtained all the documents requested by the Embassy for our case! That is a huge answer to prayer. The reason we weren't given a Jan 18 date is that the documents are still in transit on their way to Addis Ababa where they will be translated and submitted to the Embassy. There is also a small glitch with Zeke's passport, but we're hoping that will be cleared up quickly. Assuming it is, then the documents should be translated in a few days and everything will be in place for us to be given the next available Embassy date, which is February 1.
Knowing our case is not missing any documents is a huge weight off my shoulders. I have been stressing about how much to prepare, but now I feel a freedom to get ready. I know we still may not get a Feb 1 date, but for some reason I do not feel any anxiety about it. We'll go when we go. God has been with us at every turn of this process and he won't leave us now!
For those who have been praying with us and for us, please keep it up! And please also pray for a few other YWAM families who are still waiting for documents, which can be very hard to obtain in a country with so little infrastructure. Pray that God would move mountains to bring the right paperwork into the right hands so that these sweet families can be reunited for good. Thank you!