Friday, November 30, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
Jonathan's 28th birthday was November 14th. Caleb and I baked him a coconut cake. That evening we had a small party at our friends' house,Ed and Karen. Karen made a delicious Thai dinner and we celebrated with some other friends,Nathan and Sheree.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Jon,Caleb,Abigail and I made it safely to Riga,Latvia this morning. A local YWAMer, Dave met us at the train station and we walked several blocks to where we will be staying this week. Jon and I are very grateful that Dave found us a place to stay. A young Latvian man named Jaanis met us at the bottom of the apartment building. The apartment belongs to him and his mom who is out of the country. He is very friendly and speaks Latvian,Russian and English. We were very tired and Abigail and I tried to rest while Jon went to find some food for lunch. Caleb decided he was too tired to rest so he rode around the apartment on a little riding toy that belongs to Jaanis'es niece.
The plan is to drop off our documents at the Russian Consulate tomorrow morning. We would appreciate your prayers that all will go well. The fastest visa process will be 10 business days.
I will try to get our computer connected to the internet so we can post photos. After we arrived in Moscow on Saturday, we had a 8 hour wait until the train to Riga. Our friends, Will and Phyllis worked it out with a friend so we could meet at her place to visit. I have some cute photos of our children together.
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Friday, November 9, 2007
Carrie and I want to give you an update about our visas. When we last
wrote, we were confused about where we would be allowed to renew our
visas because of the new Russian visa laws which affect anyone with a
1 year multi entry visa. We have called several Russian Embassies in
Eastern Europe, and they still do visa processing for American
citizens. We are planning on getting new religious worker visas in
Riga, Latvia. Because of another new law, now the quickest you can
process your visa is 10 business days. Please pray for our family as
we travel with Caleb and Abigail. It takes 2 days by train to get to
Riga, and we need to switch trains in Moscow. We just received
Abigail's exit visa so now we can leave the country next week. We plan
to return to Perm the first week of December. The exit visa says we
have to be out of the country by November 16th even though our visas
are valid until the 25th. We are planning on asking the OVIR, the
Migration Control office, if we can extend the exit visa until the
18th. I think they will allow this, but please pray that we will be
given favor, and can change the day to the 18th. Crossing the border
the 18th will save some time and money since we cannot turn in our
visa documents in Riga until Monday, the 19th.
Temporary Residency: Carrie and I now have all the necessary
information on how to apply for temporary residency here in Perm. We
are beginning to order the documents needed. Our main prayer need is
for a Russian sponsor who will allow our family to be registered in
their home for three years. That is the most important step in
applying. Please also pray that the local government office will
accept our documents when submit them in January. We will apply for
residency status mid-January when the new quota is available. As we
find out more information we will keep you informed.
Thank you again for your prayers,encouragement,support and emails.
Carrie and I appreciate you.
Jonathan,Carrie,Caleb and Abigail
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Friday, November 2, 2007
Caleb loves to prepare food , to the point where he doesn't want it to end and gets mad if we need to actually cook it. Here he is making pancakes. Caleb really does a good job. Now when I ask him if he is ready to eat, he tells me that he wants, "Cake", which is what he calls pancakes.