We got the call that this little guy’s new birth certificate was ready! So Ben headed over to the Records Building to pick it up on Monday. Yay! Yes, it involved waiting and some miscommunication about it being still at Court, but in the end Ben returned with the Crawford birth certificate in hand.
We are so thankful for phones and communication while we are here…No, it doesn’t always work (we have missed a few calls being placed to our room) and the power is sometimes turned off but all in all it has been so great to actual see Jay and Lydia. We are so grateful for Skype. Whew…I sure do miss those guys.
Speaking of phones, we had a few hours on Friday when we could not find Ben’s phone. He tried everything from find my phone app to throughly searching our little hotel room. Sure, he was sad about the phone itself, but really he was sad about all of the pictures and videos on the phone.(PSA…take time now to back up your phone) And he didn’t want pics of our kids going around Guyana so he decided to press the ERASE button on the Apple website…I was inside the hotel room and I thought, “I can’t believe that I haven’t really prayed about finding his phone…I mean, in everything and in every situation we should pray, right?” So I got down on my knees and started praying…looked up which was under the bed and guess what was there? His phone!! (And yes, I had looked earlier in that same spot) So I run out of the room and yell to him ” I found it!” as he had just pressed the ERASE button on the computer. All ended well because somehow my tech-savy guy managed to back up the phone onto his computer before connecting it to the internet so all of his pics/videos were saved! I love how God is in every detail of our lives. I love Him so.
It was like a game of musical chairs in there. We couldn’t take any pictures because no cameras were allowed. But basically we moved literally from one chair to another for over two hours. We were able to talk with an immigration officer, and he was very kind and patient with us. Isaiah was ready to leave by the time we had our Passport interview. They had to take another picture of him, and it will be interesting to see how it turns out. He is becoming more and more active each day, which is a good thing. It is so wild to think about how still and sick he was when we first met him in December. He is definitely becoming more and more vocal each day and…night. We are bonding in all hours of the night. 🙂
Hotel Living… No kitchen. I do not like to cook, but even I am ready to mix something up and put it in the oven. I am not sure Ben and I will eat another protein bar in our lives. These four walls can sometimes close in on you…then I remember my first trip to Guyana and how I visited prisons here…then my thoughts turn to Paul and how he was under ‘house arrest’ and even today fellow brothers and sisters in Christ are stuck in 100% worse prisons than this hotel room just because of their faith in Jesus. It has caused us to pray hard for the prisoner regardless of why they are imprisoned.
We love Isaiah and we love his birth country. Although there are many problems here in Guyana, there are people who want to make a change for Christ. This is how the coastline looks here…not somewhere you want to hang out and vacation and we have witnessed things at our hotel that are not beautiful, but we believe that God does make beautiful things out of our wreckage and trash.