The great thing about plans is that they tend to change. Our visas were due in Billings last Wednesday, but never arrived. Upon investigation as to their whereabouts we discovered that some paperwork in Papua New Guinea is not correct. Our visas are now scheduled to arrive in three days to three months, but no one seems to know the exact date and no one seems to be able to do anything about it. That being the case, our new plan (we have found that when planning to leave the country for a year it helps to keep a few new plans handy) is to drive to Minnesota for Christmas, visit Jacob's parents and then drive back to Billings and Lord willing, fly to Papua New Guinea prior to the end of the first week in January.
Throughout this whole process we have been pointed repeatedly to Philippians 4:6-7. We know that as long as we are operating within the Lord's will, our visas will arrive exactly when they are supposed to. We would appreciate any prayers for safe travels to and back from Minnesota and that our visas arrive as soon as possible.