I wanted to make one last update before we head to Lima. Much has changed since our last update at the end of April. I sent an update to our supporting churches earlier this month, but didn’t put anything together for everyone else.
We were unable to make our trip to Lima at the beginning of this month like we had hoped. The day before we were to fly to Lima, Rebekah got a cold. In Peru, in order to fly, you have to sign a paper saying you have not had any symptoms of Covid or been in contact with someone who has had the symptoms.(fever, cough, runny nose…everything you get with a cold.) In order to get a refund for the canceled flights, Rebekah had to get a note from a doctor saying she couldn’t fly. After getting a Covid test that came back negative, the doctor said she could fly. She had to explain to the doctor about the document we had to sign(at this point the flights were already canceled, we just wouldn’t get any money back unless the doctor said she couldn’t travel.) It was a long process, but, praise the Lord, we were able to get a full refund of our money from the flights. We changed our plans to fly to Lima on May 24th and stay in Lima until we fly to the States on June 11th. We are praying that we can get our Carnets and the extensions will go through before we leave the country. If the extensions are not fully processed before we leave, there may be complications and fees. Because this is our second appointment we have had to cancel because we couldn’t make it to Lima, the Lawyer said to call him when we land in Lima and he will immediately start trying to get an appointment.
With our former plan, we would have had 5 weeks in Huancayo between getting our Carnets and flying to the States. Now, we only had 3 weeks for Rebekah to get feeling better, to finish Nate’s school, pack, clean the house, and figure out a bunch of other details we thought we had 5 weeks to complete. We have been busy, but we are just about ready.
There are still many steps ahead of us. The regulations are changing every three weeks here in Peru. And ever since the main elections were completed, they are tending to get stricter. We will be in Lima when the next evaluation takes place. Please pray nothing happens with international travel before we fly out of Lima. We will also be in Lima, during their presidential election. We do not expect any immediate problems after the election(we leave four days after election day), but anything is possible.
So, basically pray for safe, smooth travels to Lima Monday. Pray we can finally get our Carnets. (It has been about 75 weeks since we started the process to get them.) Pray for a peaceful election and smooth travels to the States.
Thank you for your faithful prayers and support.
The Greene Family
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