Today brought some important developments.
The first was I finally was able to get a banking account finalized that allows me to resolve some financial logistics that have been a problem for months. I still lack a couple of details to make it work as well as it can, but for now, I at least can get access to our funds without losing a lot in fees for the transaction. It’s still a little complicated but I won’t share details out here in the wide open of the Internet.
As a part of this first development, I was able to exchange enough dollars today out of our savings to make a deposit of about $2,100 for our legal visas. These will be permanent visas for Beth and me and 5 year visas for the boys. That’s pretty much a month’s salary for us and only $500 of that qualifies for reimbursement. We’re praying for the Lord to provide some extra funds to replenish what we’ve used to pay for these required legal expenses.
The second development today concerns a young man we knew from our first years here in San Juan from the main church. He left the church a few years ago, but without going into details, it really wasn’t his choice. In two months he has to take a rigorous English exam, and he asked us if we’d be willing to help him review and practice. In the course of doing that, I asked him if he’d like to do a Bible study in English with me as a way to help him with his English and find some way to give him some spiritual input. He immediately said he’d really like to do that and even mentioned the fact that since he is not in a church that he really could benefit from studying with me. He has been listening to some sermons in English on his own to help him with both the English and his spiritual nourishment. His situation is a little complicated and I can’t really go into details, but pray for this college student, Yoshi. He is a very nice young man and I’m looking forward to studying Ephesians with him in English.
Beth also was asked yesterday to start up a new Bible study as well and it was on short notice so the woman who asked her realized that the hasty plan to start today wasn’t going to work out. So, they’ll work out another time. This woman is also a professing believer and is already a part of our Sunday group.
These two studies would bring us to 5 (or 6 depending on whether one is a couples’ study or separate husband/wife studies) for each week. We’re blessed and pleased to see the Lord give us opportunities to help others in their spiritual journeys.