As I was preparing to get my visa turned into an Alien Resident Card (ARC), I suddenly realized that I do not actually have a valid visa to do anything with!
I will spare you the raw details, but suffice it to say, I was under the impression I had more time, but that I actually have already run out of time… 38 days ago. So basically, it is not actually legal for me to be here at the moment.
As always, God is not at all surprised (nor has he been the past 37 days), and he has provided in huge ways for me already. I have enough funds in the bank to pay for both the ticket to Hong Kong (the closest US Embassy is located there) and the fine for overstaying the allotted time, and my hosts have blessed me with deciding that I only need to pay half the rent this month.
What I need to do:
- Get out of the country
- Apply for and receive a new student visa
- Possibly stay overnight one night; already have someone who is willing to help me with housing
- Get back in the country asap as life, school, responsibilities will go on without me here…
Altogether, this trip is going to cost me about $600 USD– please pray for my finances. I am currently fundraising already, so this is a large setback to my forward motion. If it is on anyone’s heart to help me monitarily, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aside from that, several people have been asking about my mom and her surgery– it went well! Praise the Lord, my awesome aunt drove up to Minnesota from Iowa and took care of her for a little over a week. She had some complications with the medications that caused her to have to go back into the hospital, but they got it sorted out. Praise God, because she was in a lot of pain until she got the meds switched.
- Please pray for a quick recovery for my mom.
- Please pray for financial blessing on her as she misses work.
- Please pray for God to gain lots of honor during the whole recovery time!
Thank you all, for your support, love, and encouragement! You are a blessing to me, and I am so thankful for the foundation you lay through your prayers. Pray that I keep telling the Gospel with boldness and humility, as I ought!
Keep the Faith, Expectantly!