Tuesday, July 22, 2008

One Month Ago

yesterday, I posted that I should have been flying to Africa on that date. I was not able to make the trip then because my friends that I was traveling with did not have permission to leave the U.S.


Today, my friend Msoshi had his interview with I.N.S. He passed the test for citizenship and will be sworn in on July 29th!! Immediately upon being sworn in he can apply for his passport. Unfortunately, it will not be as easy for his wife Rebeka. She does not read, and is having a very difficult time learning to speak English. Since citizenship does not appear to be in her near future, we are still waiting for permission for her to leave the U.S. Once we have a passport for Msoshi and permission for Rebeka to leave, we will be taking our trip. I think I mentioned in the original post that they are refugees from the Congo or Zaire, whichever you wish to call it. Things in their country are still very unstable. All of their family is in refugee camps in Tanzania or Burundi. We are going to take them what we can carry and to encourage them. Let them know they are not forgotten.
A little side note, my husband and I tried to adopt three of their grandchildren and bring them to the U.S. We were turned down by the Congolese government because they did not know if we would bring them here and use them as slaves. It is ok for them to starve in refugee camps, because the government can't get its act together, but never let them come out to a better life. At the time we tried they were 13, 8 and 1.
We would have been returning to the U.S. today. Instead we wait. We know that the Lord has told us to go, so we know also that when his timing is right, all of the doors will open and we will leave.
Until then, Praise God for Msoshi's citizenship!!

8 comments:

Debbie said...

Wow! That is quite a story and if you ask me there is a miracle waiting to be revealed. I will pray for all of you.

Gramma 2 Many said...

Thanks Deb, we all need it.

Veggie Mom said...

What a story--thanks for sharing! BTW, don't forget the Great Pop'rs Giveaway! The more you comment, the better chance you have of winning--Check it out!

quitecontrary1977 said...

You have such an interesting and full life! I feel a little envious!

rmgales said...

May you be blessed for your efforts.

Trooper Thorn said...

Msoshi is a lucky man to have such a great country and such great friends. As a proud Canadian, I can honestly say the US is the best place on Earth because folks like he and his family can come.

Thanks for your many kind words on my blog. I'll return.

Veggie Mom said...

BTW, did you hear about our campaign to e-mail Oprah about Uncle Lynn & Pop'rs? The SITStas even got in on the act! Please drop by and see what's happening in Aunt Julie's neck o' the woods!

The Pink Potpourri said...

wow. that's a great story. adoption is HUGE at our church. we have a ministry that helps families through the adoption process, both internationally and in the U.S. we will be praying for this journey!

i'm so glad you like the stationary!

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