We are still SO grateful and excited that God provided the visa. It honestly was a day of God’s favor and him putting us in the right place, with the right person at the right time. The day of the interview at the front gate of the embassy there was a gentleman who was checking all the passport and appointment documents. He was very nice and said that even though I didn’t have an appointment he would let me go in with my husband. When we got to the check in point, however, the lady was not so gracious. She didn’t want to let me in and said that, even though I’m a US citizen, I must have an appointment. Thankfully the gentleman saw us discussing and came to our rescue. He instructed me that I was allowed to go in but could not go through the first two check points with Philipson. He said he would come get me once Philipson was about to go up for the interview. I was so grateful!
It took about two and half hours just to go through the first two check points and then after that there was about a line of 50 people in front of Philipson to wait for the interview. The gentleman saw him and called him out of line. As Philipson got out of line and went around the corner, the gentleman was not there. A security guard pointed and told Philipson to go to the next window for the interview.
Suddenly Philipson heard the Holy Spirit tell him to wait. He told the security guard that he had to wait for something. The security told him to go, but Philipson said he needed to wait. So they called someone else to go to that window instead. Philipson stepped aside and saw that in the next window the consulate officer was a man (majority of the consulate officers are women and usually much harsher). He stood in line for the man’s window. And a few seconds later I came walking up to him, just in time for us to step toward the window together.
The consulate officer was actually very pleasant and not only asked questions about the trip and what Philipson does for a living; but he asked how we met, how Philipson proposed and about our wedding. The conversation went rather smoothly. Philipson did so well in answering the questions confidently, clearly and in great English. The gentleman even asked where he had learned English. After about ten minutes of talking, suddenly the officer just stopped talking to us and turned toward his computer and started typing. I wasn’t sure if that was a good sign or a bad one. The next moment he gave a little pink piece of paper and said, “Ok go over there and they’ll tell you when to come pick up your passport.” In my head I though…wait if they are keeping his passport…that must mean he got the visa! And sure enough it was true!
Earlier in the week God had told me that the interview and getting the visa was going to be “as easy as walking through an open door.” I had been praying and repeating that phrase over and over again the entire week. And now looking at how everything happened, I can truly say that God put everything into place and had already opened the door for us. All we had to do was just walk through, and we did! God is SO good and I just feel so overwhelmed by his faithfulness and love!
My husband will be coming home to the States with me this winter…thank you God for making my dream come true!
Feeling More Than Blessed.