James 1:2-3 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.
Paperwork may not be considered a trial by some, but it has certainly tested my patience and required perseverance. Honestly, I have failed at being joyful throughout the process. The good news is that God gives second chances, and third chances and… I’m still in the middle of the paperwork process and there will be many opportunities for joy and perseverance.
For some time now I have been telling you that I’m working on or waiting for paperwork.
Here is an explanation of what that means
STEP # 1
Start researching what needs to be done to move to the designated country. Every country has a unique process which may or may not be subject to change at any given moment.
STEP # 2
Ask questions. Learn more. Find conflicting information. Make phone calls. Become desperately confused. Keep researching!
STEP # 3
Quit! This is a temporary hiatus of hours or days depending on your frustration level with the situation.
STEP # 4
Refreshed, return to the process and make an informed decision on what to try. In my case that meant…
STEP # 5
Go to the station to get fingerprinting done.
STEP # 6
Get a money order.
STEP # 7
Fill out and send in an application for a background check.
(This process involves becoming well acquainted with the post office staff.)
STEP # 8
WAIT! If at all possible forget about the papers you are waiting on or it will inevitably feel like an eternity for them to return.
STEP # 9
Learn that you are the first person to test out a new document certification method aligned with the Hague Apostille convention. WAHOO! Being first always means extra adventure 🙂
REPEAT STEPS # 2,3,4
STEP # 10
REJOICE WHEN YOU HAVE ALL YOUR PAPERWORK!!!
At least, that is what I plan to do.
CONTINUE THE PROCESS IN PARAGUAY