Update: Embassy Visit

We’ve sent out news by our email newsletter, but hadn’t had time to update the blog until today.  This post will be brief, but hopefully will give you some encouraging news!

We made the drive up  to Washington D.C. yesterday to the Slovak Embassy.  We had an appointment at 1pm with the Consul, where we submitted our applications and documents for residence in the Slovak Republic.

We’re glad to report that things went very well!  The Consul is very nice and we enjoyed getting to know her, and we also enjoyed meeting our official translator, who spent about two hours with us, hand-writing the answers to our interview questions.  All our papers were complete and in good order – after eight months of working on this, we know how to get them right by now!  All the embassy staff were very kind and encouraging, especially to the girls who did amazingly well all day.

Incidentally, it was unexpectedly pleasant to hear people speaking the Slovak language!

After we finished at the embassy, we went into downtown to see a couple of monuments and museums.  All in all, it was a day of much-needed encouragement and fun!

“When will you know something?”  We simply don’t know.  The Consul has not handled a case like ours before, and she could not give us any indication how long this might take.  So as we begin the Advent season we enter a time of very real and practical waiting.  As soon as we hear something, we will let you all know.

In the meantime, we are so thankful for all of your prayers and encouragement!  We know many of you were praying yesterday, and we could tell – as many times before, through your prayers God gave us peace and the right words to say at the right time.  We could not do what we are doing without your partnership and help!


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  1. May God continue to bless your entire family as you wait. Children especially understand how hard it is to wait for time to pass. I am getting better at that . . .
    Love to all of you!

  2. Dear Parks Family:

    Jon and Tanya, your girls must be so confused as to what’s going on with starting their ‘new life’ in Slovakia, only to find themselves back home. I think I just learned tonight that our local CBF missionary in Owsley County, KY may know Tanya’s dad! Her name is Paula Settle, and she is the one who keeps us on our toes in Owsley. At our missions meeting tonight, I read her devotion for our Advent devotional guide, and it was on being frustrated and running out of patience over a certain situation years ago. Then she went on to tell the bright side of the experience. Surely, this will happen to your family as well, once the Embassy gets all your papers in working orders and your back on your way. In the meantime, GOD BLESS! Terri Shea Huguenot Rd. Baptist Church, Richmond

    1. Thank you, Terri. Tanya’s father (John Lepper) does indeed know Paula – she has certainly done a lot of hard work there in Owsley County! We are already seeing how God has been at work while we’re here, but it’s one of those things I think we will see even more clearly in hindsight. 🙂 We look forward to also reading the other devotions from HRBC this Advent – thanks for your note!

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