We are very close to traveling to Korea and meeting our son!
Last week, the Korean embassy decided that all adoptive parents had to sign some new paperwork regarding immunizations. We dutifully signed and sent it back to our case worker, who mailed it on to Korea. We have been told that when the paperwork is received in Korea, travel calls will come very soon. I’m guessing tomorrow or Monday.
That’s the good news.
We also got some troubling news last night. You see, the money we are planning to use for travel is from grants. The grant organizations, however, will only release the funds to our agency. Not to us directly. Now for some adoptions, that works out fine, because the agency makes all the travel arrangements for the family.
Not so with us. We make all of our own travel arrangements. Yesterday I emailed our case worker to ask how that would work out. She said that they would simply cut a check to us in that amount.
They only do that on certain dates, and the next one is after our intended travel date.
Yeah. Like I said, troubling. That was the money we were going to use for all our travel…flights, hotel, food…everything. Now, it’s unavailable to us until after we’re supposed to be in Korea.
We only see two options:
1. Get a loan or credit card and use the grant money to pay it off when we get back.
2. Try to convince the grant agencies to release the funds to us directly.
Even though it makes way more sense to us to cut out the middle man and go with option 2 (seriously, the agency is just going to turn around and give us the money!), I realize that these organizations have rules and probably can’t change them.
So, this morning I’m off to the bank. Please pray for favor.
One other request…we are planning to take the Patriot Express to Korea, a huge money-saver that allows us to take our kids to meet their brother. Wayne called about it last night, and there are only 7 more open seats on the day we hope to travel. He put in a request for 4 of them, but this is “space available” travel and we could get bumped.
Y’all, this is the only way we can all go to Korea. We have no Plan B. Please pray that we will get on this flight – and the one back home.
I feel like we are our agency’s trouble child. You know, the child who causes all the problems in the class, who always needs extra help. That’s us. Everyone else seems to have it all together. They have all their travel money, they have reservations at multiple hotels “just in case”, they are buying truckloads of designer-brand gifts for their child’s foster family and planning to buy truckloads of gifts while in Korea. And then there’s us…a week out and wondering how we’re going to pay for plane tickets.
I know we haven’t come this far only to be stopped now. God has met every need throughout the process. But these “wrinkles” in the plan are very stressful, especially when we are so close to the end. Please pray for a straight path before us, wisdom and guidance to make good decisions, and favor with all the necessary people.