Thursday, July 15, 2010


We're running in to some significant obstacles here in Johannesburg, South Africa as we struggle to obtain the necessary documents and medical tests necessary to bring Duzi home.

I'm writing to ask for your focused prayers as we wait on disorganized agencies here in South Africa to produce a birth certificate. Our adoption was the first one processed in the entire country that is subject to new legislation enacted on July 1st and no one seems to know the new proper procedure for delivering this very simple document.

Also, we are encountering difficulty with Duzi's TB test. He's tested negative in both the skin test and the chest x-ray but, apparently the CDC in the United States is requiring a sputum test. This test adds considerable delay to our visa process, as final results can take up to 6 weeks. We are hoping to hear today that the CDC will waive the requirement.

We're headed to the Consulate today to beg and plead our way to a visa.

No matter what happens, Mike, Alex and Caleb will be home on July 23rd. If we don't have a visa for Duzi, he and I will be staying in South Africa until we can get one.

We need your prayers desperately as we try to navigate these unpredictable waters. We're feeling very discouraged and VERY ready to come home.

I will try to update the blog when I have more information....


  1. I'm so sorry you're having such a hard time getting through all the red tape. Even as South Africans, we have to psyche ourselves up for a while before venturing forth into officialdom to sort out paperwork. I'm sure that all this will be sorted out soon though and that you will be able to return home to some normality of life. Hang in there!

  2. Praying but can we do more...should we call our congress lady?

  3. Mike and Jodie -

    I'm definitely praying for you guys here from S. Africa. I'm at Living Hope right now. I will also ask Avril and John, Mike and Pam and the rest of our friends here to pray for you as well. PLEASE let us know if there is anything we can do to help!

    My number is 425-241-6532 and has international calling. My email is

    Loves to you all! Jaci Reed


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