Tonight I take a bus to Maputo. The goal? My papers (equivalencia) needed to open the clinic. They are still not ready and the secretaries at the ministry of education have quite literally turned off their phone. There is no way to check up on them, except in person.
I'm sick of waiting and waiting...
While discussing this long delay with our local minister of health recently, he clearly explained they were waiting for a bribe.
-- "They see your white skin and think, 'If I hold on to her papers, she'll have to pay up!'", adding with clear disappointment in his voice, "It should take no longer than 15 day."
-- "Fifteen days? Really?" I asked with incredulity, remembering how the secretaries were adamant it could take a few months. I've been waiting for four months already.
-- "Yes," he went on to explain. "By law, it should be only 2 weeks."
-- "What should I do? They aren't answering the phone... even for you?" I pleaded.
-- "You must go in person, ask to see their director, and not leave until it is arranged. I'm sure it's sitting in their desk drawer." He then detailed the kind of formal request needed to follow up on such incompetence. He was clear and specific -- so much so that I feel encouraged.
So tonight I start my journey South. Please pray with me for favor... much favor. Please ask God to release these papers and allow me to open the clinic. Please pray for my words and my body language to be kind when I know it's just corruption and greed I face.
We fight not against flesh and blood, right?
Please fight with me in prayer. Much prayer.
I'll keep you posted.