We have been called the “luckiest missionaries in Nigeria” because of our drivers licenses. The process of getting a drivers license is quite involved (any dealings with the government is usually a long drawn out and expensive process). First you fill out an application in triplicate, attached passport size photos and pay the fee (about $60). Then you wait until the call you and you go get your “physical capture” done. This involves getting your picture taken (don’t ask us why they want the passport size photos), your thumb print scanned and your signature scanned. All of these, except your thumb print end up on the license. Then you wait some months for them to print the actual license. This can take more than six months to happen.
We however were able to bypass the waiting and got our license the same day. When you go for your physical capture you give them your receipt and they somehow find your application in the midst of piles of applications. They then give you back your receipt. It is important to note that your receipt is your temporary license while you wait for your official one. However, in this process they lost Richard’s receipt and since he could not drive without the receipt or the official license they agreed to print his license for him and since Susan was with him they printed hers also. You should know that they print the license in the same room as the physical capture and yet it can take months to get the official license.
So it seems we are the “luckiest missionaries in Nigeria” we chose to believe that God decided to give us a small blessing of a license in one day. We thank God for all of his blessings and hope that you are experiencing some his blessings each day.