We have a few prayer requests as we wrap up our summer months and prepare for a new school year at the Alliance Academy International. Please be in prayer with us for the following situations:
1) Stephen’s Intensive Spanish Classes – That Stephen will get the most he can out of a three week intensive class in Spanish. After finishing one week of classes, Stephen has felt challenged in taking in and retaining the mountain of language that is being thrown at him each day.
2) Cristina’s Ph.D. program – That Cristina will continue to be motivated as she comes into her final year in the program. She needs to retake two parts of her comprehensive exams in the fall, as well as work on the first three chapters of her dissertation so that she can defense her “dissertation proposal” in the fall. If she passes this defense, she will be able to finish writing her proposal and possibly graduate in May of 2010.
3) Renewing Our Visas – That the process will take place quickly and that we might be able to obtain Ecuadorian residency. We are in the process of renewing our yearly missionary visas for the family. We had managed to get Luke’s Ecuadorian citizenship (because he was born in Ecuador) and his paperwork was completed before we went to the U.S., but we were running late in obtaining missionary visas for the rest of the family. We were told to return to the country under tourists visas so we could get the visas renewed after we returned. As of now, the school’s lawyer has all our passports and legal documents to see if it might be possible for us to obtain Ecuadorian residency based on the fact that we have a son who is an Ecuadorian citizen. If we do obtain residency, we no longer have to obtain a missionary visa every one or two years, but would be able to pay a one time fee for being a resident of the country.
4) The RE-scheduling of the 2009-2010 school year – That the administrators will be able to make wise decisions that include the recent changes in the scheduling of school days. In past years, the Alliance Academy had started their school year in mid to late August. However, the Ecuadorian Ministry of Education informed the school this summer that they were not allowed to begin the school year before the first Monday of September. Therefore, the first day of school is being moved to September 7th. Recently, they’ve also expressed to the school that they are required to have 200 school days, of which 190 days must be “educational.” This has the potential of increasing the school year for two solid weeks. Be in prayer for our scheduling team as they work out all the details.