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We made it back home to Ambilobe from Tana! Rather than taking the current average of 24 hours though, this return trip took 31 hours! We left Tana (the capital) at around 7pm Friday evening, and arrived here in Ambilobe just past 1am Sunday morning. There weren't any particular problems or anything, just a couple of drivers who definitely were *not* in a hurry to get where they were going. We spent quite a few stops (both during the day and in the middle of the night) just waiting around for nothing, for more than an hour or so at a time. I've never seen taxi brousse drivers before that weren't in any sort of a hurry at all... but now I guess we've seen everything! Just happy we made it back safely to Ambilobe!

(Though the icon shows an airplane, we *did not* take an airplane, as there is no airport for Ambilobe. We took a taxi-brousse - basically just a big crowded van - the whole way.)
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Doing paperwork in Madagascar: first, a 25 hour crowded bus ride to the capital city. Next, waking up at 5 am each day to struggle with other people to get on the local bus and spend several hours in traffic getting to the government offices. Then, after getting your turn with the government official and going over the paperwork for an hour or so, finding out you still have another dozen or so papers that need to be retrieved from various places, printed, photocopied, or certified... and one of them likely impossible to get, because they need a paper from the US with an actual rubber stamp even though that institution in the US (like most others) doesnt *actually* use rubber stamps anymore. Then, repeat the bus process for a few hours, and start again early the next day. And every day, the whole family has to participate!

I think there *might really be* a limit to how much frustration we can handle! If so, were pretty close, haha! Seriously though, please pray for us to figure out what to do about this particular paperwork situation and to have wisdom and discernment. Maybe our first (or second) plan wont work out and we should do something different? We have a decision to make soon!

The picture shows our boys exhausted after a long day of paperwork today... but at least they were able to get a nice nap on the long bus ride back in the afternoon!

Doing paperwork in Madagascar: first, a 25 hour crowded bus ride to the capital city. Next, waking up at 5 am each day to struggle with other people to get on the local bus and spend several hours in traffic getting to the government offices. Then, after getting your turn with the government official and going over the paperwork for an hour or so, finding out you still have another dozen or so papers that need to be retrieved from various places, printed, photocopied, or certified... and one of them likely impossible to get, because they need a paper from the US with an actual rubber stamp even though that institution in the US (like most others) doesn't *actually* use rubber stamps anymore. Then, repeat the bus process for a few hours, and start again early the next day. And every day, the whole family has to participate!

I think there *might really be* a limit to how much frustration we can handle! If so, we're pretty close, haha! Seriously though, please pray for us to figure out what to do about this particular paperwork situation and to have wisdom and discernment. Maybe our first (or second) plan won't work out and we should do something different? We have a decision to make soon!

The picture shows our boys exhausted after a long day of paperwork today... but at least they were able to get a nice nap on the long bus ride back in the afternoon!
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GOD IS WITH YOU. Matthew 11:28 Come to me, all you who are troubled and weighted down with care, and I will give you rest.

Sorry to hear that. We'll be praying for you. Are they just expecting a bribe?

Will be praying for you guys, in this regard.

I never truly understood the frustration with traveling in Tana that my daughter Cory experienced until I was there myself. Now I understand a little bit more. Thank you for all you are doing for the people in Madagascar. Praying for wisdom in figuring all of this out. Blessings in the new year.

Oh I’m sooo sorry to hear this... paperwork and red tape are so, so frustrating. Praying!!!

I'LL PRAY FOR YOU

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Thanks! The same to you!

Merry Christmas from TN!

Thanks to the VBS at DeSoto Community Church of God for sending the great little gifts for Matimu's class at school here! The kids loved it!

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