Fr. Jim Arrives in Tanzania! (I)
I was originally scheduled to arrive in Tanzania at the end of June so that I could participate in Fr. Yohana Michael Henrico Kachwele’s ordination. However, my own stupidity and bureaucracy interfered! I ended up arriving at the beginning of September. I began working on my missionary permit right after Easter and did not successfully receive my permit until mid-August. Most of this was my fault…or at least the fault of the lack of instructions. After successfully—I thought—submitting my application, I waited for an email. At the beginning of June, I began to wonder why the email response was so slow in coming. I went through some older emails and discovered that there was a “dashboard” that has a 30-day expiration for an application…which had passed. So, I made a new application. The “dashboard” had three headings: application, pendings and payment.
To make a long story short—and it is a really long story—I finally received approval in the middle of August. I ended up changing my flight twice. I was packed for two months…full speed ahead, but nowhere to go! The funniest part is that periodically, they would ask for my work permit number. Of course, I did not have one. I would explain that I was a missionary working voluntarily with no pay. So, I received a message, saying enter a “—” for work permit number. I did this, but then later a message would ask me to remove “—” and enter my work permit number. I was starting to despair until one day a message appeared to enter the work permit number provided. I did this and was approved within one hour. The next day I was able to make the payment for the permit, and one week later I was able to print out the permit! Alleluia!!!
But I am here! I left Dulles airport in Washington on August 31 and arrived in Dar es Salaam on September 1.
Br. Mosses (Mother Mary of the Precious Blood of Jesus Parish) and
Br. Michael (St. John Paul II Parish).
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