Its been a busy and exciting week, and it is only Wednesday! Monday morning we went to court for our final ruling to hear the judge’s decision regarding our request for proof of Kenyan Citizenship (Step 3). The judge unfortunately denied our application stating only that she did not feel we needed the court to provide proof of citizenship.
With this news we decided to proceed, as scheduled, to apply for a Kenyan passport for Oscar (Step 4). This can only be done in a few select cities in Kenya and for us, the closest place is Kisumu, a city on Lake Victoria about 5 hours from our home. We arrived in Kisumu on Monday afternoon and by God’s grace we were greeted by a very helpful immigration worker who set us up to submit an application for a passport. Two hours later we took Oscar to get his photos taken and by 5pm we were enjoying dinner at our favorite restaurant in Kenya, Java House. We spent the night in Kisumu, at a hotel with a pool. The kids loved it. We swam until dark.
Tuesday morning we arrived at the immigration office before it opened. We submitted all required documents and were given a receipt to come back when the passport is ready. Mike and I both walked out of the building asking ourselves “What just happened?”. Neither one of us is overwhelmed with confidence that this application will actually result in a passport. However, we went through all of the appropriate steps, turned in all required documents, and were given the standard receipt with a tracking number for passport pickup in about three weeks. There wasn’t anything else we could do, but the process felt rushed and almost too easy. One things is certain; it is out of our hands now. We are praying for God to continue His good work and bless us with a Kenyan passport for our boy.
Trusting and believing that God will indeed bring this passport, our final step will be to proceed to the US Embassy and apply for a tourist visa for Oscar to visit the states with us. God has done amazing things bringing us this far, this fast and we trust Him to finish this good work!