The immigration site was down for two days. I kept trying to get on but no luck. Then finally by Thursday it was up again but it still took me all of Thursday and most of Friday to prepare all the documentations. Now we will just pray that they will come through quickly. It's quite a process even after we've applied.
The Church wants us to be legal in every way so missionaries simply cannot do missionary work until they have either the Special Pass or the Work Permit. Also, the Church does not pay bribes. If it did, we'd probably have had the work permits already. But we want to be legal in every way.
Besides working on passes, there was a myriad of other things to do. Young missionaries kept coming in needing things and it's important to stop and visit with them. They are so young -- some only 18 -- and they need that grandmotherly visit. By the way, the young missionaries are also called "Elder" just like the Senior Missionary men are called "Elder." It has nothing to do with age. It's an office in the priesthood. I always put that in the cover letters I write to Immigration because it can be confusing to those unfamiliar with our terminology.
On Friday our drive to the mission office only took 22 minutes! That was an absolute record. Of course on the way home it took an hour. You just never know with the traffic.
|The day I took this picture out the car window, it was a sunny warm day. Lots of street vendors. This young man was cooking corn on the cob. I'm sure it's not as tasty as Taber corn!|
|Stopped in traffic. Hawkers hawking their wares. I thought this one was funny. A bunch of stuffed animals, including a yellow Tweety-bird.|
|This hawker is doing his darndest to make a sale to the person in this black vehicle. And . . . he succeeded. He sold everything except the yellow Tweety-Bird. And all to the black vehicle. The next hawker was selling slippers. How cool is that?|
|Still trying to get a good picture of the crazy traffic. This is three lanes of traffic all needing to merge into one lane. The biggest vehicles usually win out.|
|Lovely yellow blossoms on this tree.|
|Colleen and Craig Smith (LeRon's sister) will be happy to see this cute little goat since they raise goats too.|
|A lovely herd of goats. They are in a fenced area with a gate that is wide open. Sometimes they do get out but there's always a shepherd near by. So these are some of the things we see as we walk each day.|