Merry Christmas to all family and friends, and thank you all so much for your prayers. We felt the support of so many concerned friends and loved ones today, even though the outcome was not what we had been praying for.
The verdict issued by the judge was deportation. As far as Phyllis was given to understand, that means that when she leaves the country, there will be a stamp put in her passport showing that she cannot be issued a Russian visa for 5 years.
We were not told: leave by this date... However, Phyllis also has no legal right to be here, without a visa.
So, I'll be calling our Christian lawyer friend to see if he considers that we have a chance at appealing the decision. if he agrees to help us, we have ten days to appeal the decision. I will also be going to Vladimir to the regional Migration control for advice. (They will be the ones issuing the exit visas.)
Please pray for wisdom and the ability for us to make decisions quickly. The biggest holidays of the year are getting ready to start, and it's a bad time to be trying to get anything accomplished, in general.
Again, thank you all so much for your prayers, love and support for our family during this difficult time.