Well last weekend, I was so blessed to be able to go on the Kairos retreat (a 20-30 somethings community group at my church in Tempe, AZ) in Pinetop. We had such a fabulous time enjoying each other and God's enormously beautiful creation.
When I got home, however, I received a letter in the post from Arizona State U, telling me that I had been denied residency for tuition purposes. My heart sank big time, and I got that horrible pit in your stomach type of feeling :( I had been pretty positive that I was eligible for residency, and had assumed that it was just a formality for me to send in the paperwork. This was a huge blow because tuition is about twice as expensive when you're an out-of-state resident....BUT! an even bigger reason I felt really anxious was because I had to buy my plane ticket to Gabon by the next day in order to get the locked-in rate (which was the lowest price I found by several hundred dollars), and if I went forward and bought it, I wasn't sure how I would cover my current out-of-state tuition bill.
SO! I went in to the residency office and discussed the appeal system with this super nice guy called Donavon, I prayed about it, told a couple of close friends and family members, asked them to pray about it too, submitted an appeal to Donovon- and low and behold I checked my tuition statement today and was overjoyed to see that I'm listed as an OFFICIAL ARIZONA RESIDENT (and to everyone in the mid-west: who would've thought?!)!
God is so good and Satan does not want me to get to Gabon.