I made the first trip to the Cameron Embassy in Paris today to get the forms we need to fill out for our Visas. I tried calling the phone numbers we had but there was no answer so I thought the worse that could happen would be I would be out a few train tickets. I needed to go in because they did not have a website (at least not one that was listed in any of the search engines). I was pleasantly surprised when I arrived and I read the sign for the Visa that said the embassy was Ouvert (open) to the public! I didn’t even need an appointment. But I only had 45 minutes before the Visa section was closed for the day; they close at 12:30 for questions and delivery of the visa packet and then are open in the afternoon to pick up your passport/visa.
I assessed the situation and decided I would stand in the line closest to the door and ask where I could pick up the forms I needed. There were already 3 people standing in line there so it seemed like a good start. I watched and I saw some people waiting with small children in a waiting room and I saw some other people on the 2nd floor who were waiting in longer lines, it looked like that was the line for people with completed paperwork. As I listened to the conversations going on around me (in French) I decided most of the people were waiting to get forms. The only problem was I had been waiting for almost 20 minutes and there was still nobody at the window where we were all waiting and I was getting close to the time for the Visa section to be closing. So I hopped out of line and went up the stairs and waited in some kind of a line crossed with a huddled group of people in front of the window that said Visas.
When I got to the front and said the very polite well rehearsed in my head the entire way there my request for the paperwork that I needed. He simply said “Là bas” and pointed down to where I was originally waiting. So I walked back down the stairs and I noticed that there was now someone at the window but the line now had about 15 people in it and I was at the end. I then overheard the person that came in behind me in line stop a security guard and asked for a different form, he went into his security office and came back with the form. So I asked the security guard for the forms that I needed and he walked in his office and came back with the forms. Mission Accomplished, at least what I set out to do, get the forms for our visas to Cameroon. Next step gather all the paperwork and take it back to the embassy. I’m very thankful for a kind security guard that went out of his way to help someone today.
The God who parted the red sea still cuts through red tape!
Well said. God loves to use anyone for his plan – A few fisherman or maybe even a security guard who has the correct forms.
Excellent – we know God will always make a way, even when there doesn’t seem to be one.