Finally! We have the illusive birth certificate.
After picking up the BC, we headed back to the apartment to pack up for a train ride to Odessa later that afternoon.
In the meantime, we had a birthday boy to celebrate…
Josiah wanted hamburgers and french fries for his birthday lunch and chose McDonalds.
A choice that both our stomachs did not thank us for later.
At 4:30 we boarded an express train for Odessa.
We arrived in Odessa at 11:45pm.
However, there is a very big problem that needs to be resolved before we'll be able to get Isaac's visa from the US embassy. About 2 weeks ago the US embassies experience a world wide glitch in their computer system. They have not been able to fix this as of today. So no one has been able to obtain visas. Alex told us yesterday that even if we had been able to get the birth certificate sooner, we would still be stuck here because of this problem. The US embassy is continuing to accept petitioners, so a very large back log of people waiting has been created. I don't know when they will fix their computer system or when we might be able to get an embassy appointment. Please pray that this problem can be resolved soon for the sake of so many families. This even effects the children who are being hosted by orphan hosting organizations this summer. They are scheduled to fly out next week, but will be unable to do so if they can't obtain their visas.
So the battle is not over yet. Please keep praying!!