I don't want to admit defeat, but unfortunately, it's after 5 o'clock in Kinshasa and the Embassy is now on Thanksgiving break. We managed to make a small amount of progress. Our Act of Abandonment came back valid, Baxter and Atticus' visas were issued. Although it then must go to the printer, which isn't a Xerox machine (this is what I was told). The woman at the Embassy acted like she was helping, but in reality, she didn't do anything above and beyond what she was already planning on doing. Then, after speaking with Representative Hoekstra, they were going to the printer today and are pretty much being guaranteed for Friday. Now, this isn't the best news, but it means that the boys will probably travel on Saturday, bringing them home on Sunday.
No matter what, it's been a rough few days. And Eric, who's been in Mexico and was scheduled to fly home today missed his flight and will not be back until 3pm tomorrow.
I just hope that they can fly out by Saturday, because that's as long as the U.S. escort is willing to stay.
There are a lot more details, but it's just not in me to go into them right now. Thank you for all your prayer and support. I know the boys' will come home soon, although the cost (physically, emotionally, financially) is still unknown and is worth it no matter what.