Apostille

6 May

You probably think that the spell check on my computer doesn’t work anymore.  Fooled you, this is really a word.  It does not mean “little disciple” and it is not pronounced ah-poss-till-ee.  It is pronounced ah-pos-steel.  It is an official seal of authenticity for a document.  Like when King Arturo melted wax onto a letter to be delivered to the Sheriff of Nockpatrick.  Art stuck his ring into the wax before it cooled, and then told Davey Crockett, that medieval hero character, to deliver the letter and guard Lady Gwenolda with his life without besmurching the character of either.  Confused yet?  Well, we definitely were by the end of the process.  Somehow the official documents did get processed correctly and are on their way to Washington to get the federal equivalent.  Then they are ready for the same go-round in Ethiopia.  It all adds up to eventually becoming the country director for Loving Shepherd Ministry’s NGO there.  Ethiopia not Washington.   The short of it is…we will then have the Ethiopian government’s approval to stay there and work.  Oh, and Susan and I can be officially recognized as husband and wife because our original marriage license is one of those documents.  While we were in the sub-basement archives locating that ancient parchment, we were the recipients of an ironic blessing.  While we were waiting for our info to be retrieved, there were ten other people searching for marriage info.  All were divorce requests.  It shared hope with our hearts knowing that the Holy Spirit had placed its Apostille on our marriage many phone poles back in the rear-view mirror.  It is still authentic.  God is still moving our heart’s together as one and our shared passion for the work of the past and the work ahead has been one of our biggest confirmations of His presence in our lives.

2 Responses to “Apostille”

  1. Rebecca Pfister May 6, 2011 at 11:24 pm #

    Congratulations on being accepted by the Ethiopian govt…and also congrats on being legally married…still. 🙂

  2. Apostille May 17, 2011 at 6:51 pm #

    Congratulations to both of you. I appreciate the apostille process can be confusing but it is important to get documents correctly legalised.

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