Mid – September Prayer Letter 2019
Dear Beloved Brethren,
Greetings and peace and love in the name of our eternal God, Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Beforehand, we want to thank you all for being sensitive to the Holy Spirit of God whom dwells in you for your spiritual, financial support and being behind our vision to further the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to the country of Costa Rica.
It is expedient that we write this prayer letter, at this time, before our normal time to express our deep and urgent concerns. First of all, we were planning to leave sometime after Thanksgiving this year; after meeting with our pastor regarding our departure, he suggested that we leave in early January, 2020.
Second of all, we need to be in Costa Rica to finish our paperwork that is necessary for the office of Immigration in order to obtain a permanent visa and be legal in the country. By the time we leave, we will have all the documents needed from the United States, then continue the process in Costa Rica before submitting them to the office of Immigration. We have a maximum of three months from the date of getting our background check from the United States of America (USA), which will be the first week of January 2020, to submit all the documents necessary. Once we arrived in Costa Rica, it will take approximately two months plus or minus from our arrival in January to gather all information and documents necessary before presenting and submitting them to the office of Immigration.
By the grace of God, over these few years with much sacrifice, we have been able to save about $18,820.00 toward our total needs for passage funds to Costa Rica, but it is not nearly sufficient. As you can see in an attached Pdf file, our total need is $36,022.94. These funds are further broken down into three categories: Immigration – $4,728.00; Moving & Import Fees – $13,014.94; and Airfare plus Transportation – $18,280.00. So,God has provided half of our need. It is extremely urgent to have in terms of priority number (1) and (2) in our attached Pdf file by January, 2020 and the rest by the end of January 2020 or before.
Our main concern is the crucial timing in all of this. Once we start our Statewide Background Check, we have 90 days to complete all our Immigration application process which requires us to physically be in Costa Rica. If we do not complete and submit the application in 90 days, we lose all application fees, have to return to the States, and begin the process all over again. Also, the process normally takes about two months; the statewide background check begins the 90 day process.
Therefore, the background check followed by a quick flight departure, a quick finding of a house under which to use as a residence for application, and temporary car and hotel accommodations all have to be made in advance. These costs are all included in the total figure above. Would you please pray for God’s help and leading in all of this. HE IS ABLE!
Thank you, as always, for your kindness, compassion and love, but most of all for your sensibility to the Holy Spirit of God who dwells in you. We are deeply grateful for your continued prayers, financial support and being behind our vision to further the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Thank you, as well, to those who started helping towards this cause.
Brethren, may the love of the Almighty God, the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you All. Amen!
Brother Jean-Claude & Sister Matilde Guilbaud
Under His Wings Reaching the World for His Glory
In Christ alone