Our Boys Saying Goodbye to Our Julia

After meeting the boys at Bethel Street Home, Julia has gained a great respect for them and the work in which the Lord has led us. We will miss you Julia!!!

In August, Julia came to visit us in Ethiopia for the second time. We celebrated her 21st BD in Mombasa, Kenya and reintroduced her to the boys to whom we have become devoted. We have seen these boys grow in both their allegiance to the Lord and their readiness to become active self-reliant and contributing members of our community.
After saying our tearful goodbyes to Julia at the Bole International Airport on Monday evening, we met Getachew Tikke, the director of Bethel Street and Family Aid Services (BSFAS) at the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (MOLSA) Office on Wednesday morning and began the process of requesting our much awaited work permit. Although Getachew had all the required papers in order, Thursday we faced some officials who were fearful in authorizing the permit. Getachew with months of experience and wisdom in gaining his license certification for his own organization, was able to encourage these officials to meet their authorized responsibilities and the work permit was granted in a matter of hours. Hurrah!!! We immediately went to the Immigration Office one hour before closing, presented our application for residency and the required supporting documents and were informed to make copies of our new work permit and submit a letter from Shiloh Bible College releasing Claire to work with any agency of her choice. We were to come back the following morning to finish the processing. We had a celebration dinner, discussed and prayed over plans we would be soon starting before Getachew returned to Hawassa to meet his responsibilities there. Claire contacted Shiloh that evening and they quickly emailed her their closing letter.
We returned early the following morning and after a two hour expedited processing, we had approval of our residency status. After a friend from Christ Embassy Addis, had agreed to pick up our residency cards and mail them to us, he placed us in a private vehicle and we were back in Hawassa 4 hours. All we have is praise for our Lord Jesus in making the process so smooth; He answers our every prayer and does so surprisingly and abundantly!!! We are now ready to work and give others an opportunity to sow seeds in His Kingdom plans for the street youth of Hawassa.