For the first time since arriving here in Kovrov, I am fully and completely, beyond all doubt and above all reproach, 150% in compliance with the laws of the Russian Federation concerning the arrival in and temporary residence on the territory of Russia.
This morning I went in, and after the obligatory 30-45 minutes wait, was admitted to The Presence. That is, to the office of our friendly (or not so) city Migration Control Inspector, who is responsible for registration of foreign citizens.
I sat down, ready for whatever might come.
He found my papers, leafed through them, put his stamp on my migration card, ran out for his bosses' signature, returned, and "Here-ya-go." That's all? "Mmm-Hmm." I dutifully reminded him that his boss had asked for a few more documents from me, turned them over, asked a few questions - and that was that. Done!
Again, if the fervent prayer of a righteous man is of great value, then I feel that we have been showered, deluged with prayers precious beyond worth.
Not only was I registered, but registered through to the end of my visa. (!!!) There have been some recent changes in visa laws for foreigners in Russia. The whole expatriate community is panicking, because one of the amendments is that a person enters Russia for 90 days, and then is required to be out of Russia for 90 days. There are reasons for the changes in the law, but again, people are up in arms, there's widespread panic, protest, and frantic seeking of answers.... All that to say, that the local Migration Control here could have easily registered me for only 90 days and would have been completely within the bounds of the law. That they did not do so seems to me just one more evidence of the power of prayer, and the fact that the end result is truly in the hands of God alone.
Phyllis and I would ask you to please continue praying for us and our family, praying that we would be able to obtain temporary residence status in the next few months.
We would ask you to pray for us as we live and minister here in Kovrov, to pray as the Apostle Paul prayed:
"that from the first day you have heard of our need, that you would not cease to Pray for us, to desire that we might be filled with all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
Pray that we would walk worthy of the Lord, pleasing unto all, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God...
Pray that we would be strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, unto all patience and long-suffering with joyfulness;
Pray that we would give thanks in all things unto our Father, who has made us fit to be partakers of the inheritance together with you, our fellow saints and believers..."
PS - Please be praying specifically that Phyllis and the children would be issued invitations and visas asap!!
(The Hunsucker Family Document-ary Series will be continued by popular demand.
Be looking for the next installment on blogs near you: A Visa for Phyllis.)