Saturday, August 18, 2012

Quote of the Day:   You must welcome change as the rule but not as your ruler.  ~ Denis Waitley

We got an email from the U.S. Embassy in Dar Es Salaam just yesterday.  It said,  "The government of Tanzania announced on August 1, 2012 that it is canceling all currently valid residence permits (Types A, B, and C), effective December 31, 2012.  Please note that Type C permits include students, missionaries, volunteers, researchers, and other foreign nationals.  If you do not have a valid permit, you may be subject to a fine, six months' imprisonment, or both."  The embassy didn't tell us why this happened, just that it did.  So, for whatever reason, we have to get new permits in the next few months.  We are all three Class C.  Karen's and mine didn't expire until August of 2013 and John's didn't expire until February of 2014.  We will get them, of course, at $500 each (class A is $2,000 and class B is $1,500), so Tanzania gets another $1,500 from us, and it has to be in American currency.  Our Australian friends have a family of seven, so $3,500 for them.  My professor of missions told me that the one thing constant about Africa is unexpected change.  She has been proved right over and over again.  You just have to be able to roll with the punches and get back up again and again.  I don't think that it is so different here from just about anywhere else.  You can never be secure or know that everything will be the same for even one week.  What you can do is trust in God and put your life in His hands.  When you do that, this kind of stuff is just a hiccup and not a gaping crater.  Life is what you make it, and there is nothing it can throw at you that you and Jesus can't handle, eh?  That's the way we see it.  If you have family and friends, you have treasure enough to supply what you need--maybe not what you want, but always what you need.  Lean on God and lean on a rock--the Rock of Ages. 
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