Wednesday September 14, 2011

Today I went to the immigration office with my friend Lori. I am so glad that my volunteer contract and fisa postului/ job description papers are fine but I was quite surprise to hear that I had to pay another two major fees that I was not expecting at all because last time Gabriela at the immigration office told me that I didn’t need to however things changed and now had to. I got in a panic today and even started to cry a bit because I didn’t know if I was going to be able to pay those fees by Friday so Gabriela gave me an extension on my deadline to get my paper work done by September 20th instead of the 16th.

I am so glad that Lori went with me today to the immigration office and then she went with me to help me pay those fees. The first fee I had to pay was a “living tax for the one year volunteer visa” which was 514 RON ($161 CAD). I was able to do that right near the immigration office and then we went to the other side of the city to the health insurance office. I had to get my own health insurance for Romania for a year. First I had to get it registered and then I paid for my first month (I can only pay for the rest once I get my new Romanian visa card) which was 143 RON ($45 CAD).

I could not believe how long we were at the health insurance office. It took so long to wait in those line ups! This is the first time I had to pay this much money to get a visa for Romania and I didn’t have it in my budget either. I believe that God is my provider and He will continually provide for me even when I have surprises along the way. After I paid those fees I went back to the immigration office to see if I could hand those papers/ receipts in to finish my paper work for my visa but unfortunately I couldn’t do it today because Gabriela left by the time I got there so I’ll go back tomorrow.

I spent the evening at home. I watched a bit of TV and I did a few other things. I was curious if there were any survivor’s stories from the tragic event that happened on 9/11, 10 years ago and I found two inspiring stories on the internet.

This is an article called “Last World Trade Centre Survivor Tells of Meeting God in the Rubble”. I was very inspired when I read her story and I would love to read her book sometime of how God saved her out of the rubble 10 years ago and how her life has been changed.

Here is another article called “Buried, Burned Survivors of 9/11 Remember God’s Grace on 10th Anniversary”. This is another inspiring story of two people who survived from the September 11th terror attacks and how God has changed their lives.

About Andrea

I am from Whitby, Ontario. I have lived in Romania for 9 years as a missionary but I am currently in Canada on a sabbatical break at this time. I have also lived in South Korea for a year and I have also been to Russia, Uganda, Albania and the Czech Republic on short-term mission trips. In 2012, God also gave me an amazing opportunity to go to Mozambique for the Harvest Mission School with Iris Ministries as well. I love children, reaching out to people who are in need and vulnerable, I have a passion to fight against the injustice issue of human trafficking and to simply share the love of Jesus wherever I go. I also love cats too and I have a cat of my own named Minnie!
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