Please join us in praying for this urgent request below, received from Dr. Richard this morning. Dr. Richard has traveled to Sao Paulo, Brazil to attend the Lausanne Consultation II: Towards Biblical Partnership in Global Theological Education. He is to speak at the consultation and is co-leading a session on “effective partnership that links formal and non-formal education models.” However, upon arrival he learned that he needs a visa to enter the country.
Unless the Lord wanted RREACH to spend His money and my energy/time in this apparent waste, I am hoping against hope for a hurriedly granted, temporary visa into Brazil in the next few hours.
I took the overnight flight to Sao Paulo. Immigration did not permit me into the country since I didn’t have a visa. The last time I came to Brazil, I did not need one….relations with the U.S. were better and there was reciprocity between the countries. This matter should have been checked.
The airline should not have let me on the flight without a valid visa. They have already paid a fine for flying me to Brazil, and let me know that this happens every day! My flight to Dallas is at 9pm tonight. Friends are working with the one government branch to see if an authorization can be granted today, but they are reputed to be bureaucratic.
Humanly speaking, it is critical for the 2016 Global Proclamation Congress for Pastoral Trainers that I be at this event of the most influential theological educators in the world. On the other hand, God might be making me irrelevant to its success. I simply consider this as part of the kind of challenges we shall face in this next season. But I will labor, striving with His mighty power that works within me (Col. 1:29).
Would you pray that the Lord would open the way to get in? And that I would use the day well regardless.
Travel tired, but basically thankful,
Thank you for joining us in prayer on this important matter. We will update the blog as we hear from Dr. Richard.For His glory, Edie Ross prayer coordinator