we've been hearing horror stories of long line-ups at the passport office, and so when we arrived in edmonton on thursday afternoon, my friend ryan (another youth pastor in gp joining me on the trip) and i went to scope things out and find out where we needed to go when we lined up, and just how the whole process was supposed to go. the initial plan: line up outside the building at about 4:30am friday morning, and run when the doors open.
well, thursday when we arrived, we started asking questions of the security guard about how things worked, and he said, "why not go get pre-screened now, and you'll get a slip of paper that will let you by-pass the line tomorrow morning." score 1 for us. we went and got pre-screened. while being pre-screened, i was chatting it up with the guy at the counter, and mentioned we had just driven in from gp and were scoping things out for the next morning. his response, "well, usually the managers try and see everyone who traveled more than 3 hours to apply in the same day. stick around and see what happens." well, we had arrived at 3:30pm, and I had paid for an hour of parking, so why not. at 4:15pm the doors were locked and no one else was allowed in. so much for going to top up the meter.
long story short, thursday was the first day (in a very long time) that everyone in the waiting room was processed and nobody had to be sent home after spending hours on end waiting. we weren't the only ones who were happy. the managers who approve your applications - man were they smiling big too. so that freed us up to go to IKEA this morning, get a great breakfast for $1, have a quick lunch at west ed mall after picking up jenn (who was meeting with a friend) and get back home by 6:30pm. all in all it was a good couple of days. God definitely provided for us thursday, and today, i only hope that my eyes are open enough to see what He does tomorrow.
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