Monday, January 23, 2012

Honduras Day 3 - Red Tape

I will have to update the Honduras part later. Greg arrived at the vital records place at 7:30 and was first in line to get a new fresh birth certificate. Thankfully, we were in Georgia where Greg was born, and he had his new crisp birth certificate by 8:12. Then it was on to the passport office in downtown Atlanta in a rainstorm. It was only a 6 mile trip, but it took over an hour. The area was familiar as Greg has stayed at these hotels in the past, so once he got his bearings, he was able to park and walk to the passport center. The folks at the Department of State were very pleasant and helpful. Greg got there at 9:30 and had his brand spanking new passport by 1:30. Thank you Lord for answering our prayers.

The newer passports don't have the page glued to the cover. Apparently this damaging issue has been a problem. The new passport has more of a hard back book cover and the information page is the first separate page. We STRONGLY recommend getting a passport wallet, which Greg has. We also STRONGLY recommend using said passport wallet when traveling to keep the rain from causing this to happen again.

So the lessons learned today are: God answers prayer. God designs the plans for His mission trips which could include not actually getting on the plane. Passport wallets are not useful if you don't use them.

James and Jesus taught that we should not propose to know the future with false confidence, making plans for building barns or traveling for business.

James 4:13-15

Go to now, ye that say, Today or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow: for what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanishes away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.

Father please forgive us for having false confidence. If the Lord will, Greg will live and get to Honduras tomorrow.


  1. So glad everything worked out timely!

  2. I'm catching up since I haven't been blog reading for several days.
    I'm glad he was able to get a new passport and will continue to pray for safe travels.
    Also, we watched Courageous recently too and it IS excellent!!! :)
    Take care!

  3. So glad everything is working out just the way God would have it to!! :)

  4. I, too, am glad that things have been resolved. There is nothing more frustrating than silly "make-work" issues, and yes, I'll bet Greg uses the protector next time. ;o}


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