Our kids are dual citizens. This will give them lots of opportunities in the future in which we are so grateful for.
But when we went to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA the Governmental office in which issues Philippine Passports) we learned to renew our kids passports we need to get a document from the Bureau of Immigration which is a recognition of their dual citizenship. But to meet the requirements for Immigration and all the other governmental offices (currently Haydee has been to 9 different government offices from national to local) it could take a year (maybe longer) before our kids can get their passports. So until then, Haydee and our kids can't travel out of the Philippines.
Our original plan was to renew Haydee and two of our kids passports in Bangkok at the Philippine Embassy when we returned in Thailand. Since the Thai Embassy denied our visas, actually, it saved us a lot of money. If we started this processes in Thailand we would have spent a lot more money up front, and in the end we would still have to return to the Philippines.
If you like to know more details of the processes, just email me. I can fully explain the paperwork nightmare we are facing.
So due to no choice of our own, we have moved back to the Philippines. We need to stay near Manila (since that is where Haydee was born and a lot of the paperwork needed is tied to that) we rented a house in Laguna near our family.
We have been blessed to find a good house and stuff to put in it! we still need a lot, but overall, God has provided.
Thank you for all of you who are praying for us. it means more to us then you may think.
Dustin has been serving as a missionary for 23 years. Here is where he places some of his teaching, thoughts, and updates.