We are so grateful for your prayers for us, and right now we really need your prayers for our visa situation. Bria & Lindsay came back to Ukraine with no visas, legally able to stay in the country for a total of 90 days within a 180-day period. After discussing things with our parents, we decided that the best visa to apply for would be religious visas. To do so, we will have to go to a Ukrainian embassy in Poland to submit our application. However, one document that we need to submit with the application is an official, government-approved letter of invitation from a religious organization. A deacon at our church has been working on getting this for us. He has drafted the letter through our church and has been working on getting it approved by the Religious Affairs government office in the capital, Kyiv. Despite the government approval being a formality, and there being no requirements on the approval being given, Religious Affairs is notorious for giving people hassles. They are staying true to form in our case, and after much run around, finally told the deacon last week that the request for approval has been denied. The deacon has also contacted the Religious Affairs office in L’viv, first being told they would approve the letter, then later being told that they would review the case and, IF they approve it, they will then have to send it to Kiev for approval, as well.
At this point, our 90 days are just about over – on October 19 – and humanly speaking, there is no way this letter will receive government approval in that time. If it has not been approved, Bria & Lindsay will have to leave the country and stay with friends in Poland until the letter is approved. We know, however, that our God is God of the impossible. We are praying for a miracle, but ready to be flexible, whatever the Lord’s will is.
Please pray that:
*Religious Affairs will approve the letter by the 19th, despite the fact that this seems impossible.
*Our family will continue to have peace, rest in the Lord’s sovereignty, and not give in to the temptation to doubt, worry, and panic.
*Once the letter is approved, the visas will be granted with no further hassles.
Please also pray with us for financial provision for our visas. Each visa will cost $200 (Krista is also applying for a visa as she is currently not on a religious visa, but needs to be), for a total of $600 for the 3 of us. We do not have that kind of money, and we don’t want our parents to have to foot the bill from their ministry funds. So, we are praying that the Lord will provide for us to be able to pay for our own visas. Please join us in praying for this need, and if you would like to help, you can make checks payable to “Blessing Ministry to Ukraine” with an attached note, stating the donation is for Blessing Girls Visas (please DO NOT put our names on the check). Mail to:
Blessing Ministry to Ukraine
P.O Box 1944
Stafford, TX 77497-1944
Thank you so much for your support in every way!
Blessings in Jesus…
The Blessing Girls