Visas are a reality of living abroad. We received 1 out of 4 visas in Costa Rica. Each application was identical but 1 was approved and 3 denied. Thankfully "being in process" is enough to stay in the country legally. This is how things go...
Now, we are working to acquire our Ecuadorian visas and have an amazing lawyer to help with the process. We did not want to hit any unnecessary glitches and lose time and money. Still, much of our time as of late has been spent in government offices, on websites, phone calls and scanning and emailing document after document AND the process is expensive!
Even after all this, we charge ahead incredibly excited to have visas in Ecuador. We are trusting His perfect timing for receipt of these visas (we can't leave Costa Rica until we have them in hand) and, in faith, have booked airline tickets for an August 3rd departure.
Our last visit to a government office was to have our fingerprints taken. This process took almost 5 hours! Lots of waiting without explanation, paying for somethings that seemed a little "off" and PATIENCE. It's amazing how this process is like a boot camp of holiness and dependency on God. May we go deeper still in our trust in Him and live joyfully in the midst of the refining fire.