Saturday, September 11, 2010


Currently we are in South Africa, waiting to hear from our embassy regarding Tendai's visa. Praise the Lord that the additional medical tests they had required of us, to screen and test for TB, came back Negative! Now we are waiting for the cheif medical guy in Kenya to send his report down to Pretoria, and once that happens they will call us and HOPEFULLY we will get Tendai's visa. We are happy with our decision to stay down here, but we do miss things back at the farm, we kinda feel like we are in no mans land.. waiting.  These first few pics are from the farm the day before we left at the orphan meeting- I sure will miss these kids!

soooo serious.. I had just told them we were leaving.. (not for good.. we will be back i told them!)

sunrise over the farm as we drove away

Here in Pretoria there are a wealth of things to do as a family, and the vast majority are really cheap! For instance- this play park costs us fifty cents to get into ( for all of us) and is one of the nicest Ive ever seen- Tendai could play here for HOURS!  On the weekends we have been driving around and finding fun things to do, during the week we've been busy with emails, doctor visits, embassy visits, planning sermons, presentations, promotional videos, finance paperwork- the list goes on and on!

Another fun weekend activity was the lion park where we got to PLAY with Baby LIONS! If you'd like to see more pics of this fun day click on this link to my facebook album. We had soooo much fun and I actually got to hold TWO lions on my lap!

and we fed the giraffes!

and we discovered this great open market place with just about every imported good you could think of in it. They also happen to have these snazzy deep fried "spiral potatoes" that aside from amusing me highly were very yummy!

Tendai loves to play "horsie" with daddy in the evenings! hee hee.

Two new friends, Colletta and Busi helped me do Tendai's hair- they also gave me some great tips for looking after her hair and styling it.

As I mentioned.. during the week we do get work accomplished down here.. in this pic im Previewing one of the promotional videos Rick made and answering emails at the same time! Now aren't I talented??!!

We are very grateful to have been offered this great place to stay while we are here waiting for Tendai's Visa- it has been a place of rest for us, and we are so thankful for that. We are also so grateful to all those who prayed regarding Tendai's medical tests, she has been cleared and as the doctor here said "shes clinically perfect!" (that was nice to hear!) Now we are just waiting for the paperwork that has been sent from our doctor here, to the doctor in Kenya to be sent back down to the embassy so that they can, Lord Willing, approve our application and we can get home! Waiting is hard, but we know God has His reasons, and each delay has been met with a blessing. Please continue to pray for us as we wait, and that the embassy visa officials will approve her application, and QUICKLY, once they have the needed paperwork. We will also be in need of flight on short notice most likely.. which could be interesting as well!
God Bless, Rick, Heather & Tendai

1 comment:

Annie said...

Praying the papers come SOON! (although, I confess, I'll miss you when you leave!)