This morning was a wait around for the University morning. We got up and ready to go by 8 a.m. in case they got our paper work done and we could drive with Eva to the police station that is in charge of all these things to take care of it. She was hoping to get an early start and hopefully beat all the lines, but when she got here about 9 and started making sure that all the papers were there, she found that David’s medical record was not among the papers. They had a copy of it, but not the original. Because they had a copy, it meant that the original was in Dr. Hu’s office. (Yes, Daniel, it is pronounced “Dr. Who.”).
We had to wait for the office to find it, so we decided to go look for a vegetable market that was closer to the campus than the one that Eva had taken us to on the first day here. There are little markets and farmers selling things all over the city, but some are better to go to than others, according to Eva. We found two small ones that sold good vegetables, fruits and meats that were of good quality. We got back to Eva’s car and we were getting ready to go see something else to pass the time, when Eva got a call from Dr. Hu and he had found David’s medical record. How glad we all were. He met us at the gate and we were off to the police station.
It is strange sometimes how the Lord works. The lost papers put us behind schedule by about two hours. One of the things that we wanted to avoid was a long wait time. We got to the police station, got our number and we were immediately called up to the desk. Within a half hour, we had all the papers we need signed and we were given our “Foreign Expert Passport” that allows us to stay in the country. It was all so easy! We were saved the hassle of waiting in the office for a long time because of the delay. The man behind the desk showed us the stack of papers that had come in that morning, about 12-15 applications were in that stack, and it had all happened before we got there.
It is hard to believe that we have been here a week. Things are going well and we are settling in.