The Knott's July 2018 Update
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Hurry Up and Wait!...


It was the beginning of June and DJ had just arrived safely to Bolivia with the Super Cub. Excited to move onto the next step, he quickly got to work on the documents for importation.

Weeks of paperwork in the US had proceeded this, getting all the important documents properly signed, notarized, authenticated, legalized, etc. The last few stamps were needed here in Bolivia and the paperwork was stacked and ready to go within short order.
My Dad, who lived overseas for a lot of years, always talks about the “hurry up and wait” routine that happens so often in third-world countries. Never has this rung so true as with the airplane. One day DJ is racing in and out the door a half-dozen times, heading back and forth to different offices. The next, he’s planning the next medical trip while waiting an undisclosed amount of time for the next paperwork step to be needed. This pendulum requires a lot of flexibility and character development, a particular challenge for us Knotts. And so went the month of June – hurry up and wait.
A customs officer did a second inspection on the Super Cub and the news was relayed to us through our importing agent, Israel. We had been randomly selected for “canal rojo” which meant another extensive review on the plane and its importation paperwork. Thankfully, our agent soon informed us that there were no observations, that we would need to pay the import duty within ten days and that the plane should be “free” shortly thereafter! It was already mid-July and the theoretical “2 weeks” it took to import an airplane had long passed.
That afternoon we sent out an email to our prayer team. DJ had reviewed the bank accounts and calculated that we were still several thousand dollars short of the amount due. Many prayers followed for God’s providence.
Later that evening, DJ was texting our agent. 
“Can you get me the importation money tomorrow?” Agent Israel asked. “They have cleared the plane and are ready for payment. The total will be $------.”
Tomorrow?!.… DJ looked at the accounts again. The total the agent gave him was more than a thousand dollars less than he’d calculated. Praise God! However, there was still not enough money in the airplane fund to pay the bill. By emptying every available account there was just enough. That left nothing for the upcoming medical trip but we trusted that God would bring in the money soon.
The next day was a bit of an adrenaline rush - calling the bank to open our debit cards, pulling thousands of dollars at the ATM, taking it to the moneychangers, and finally dropping it off at the agent’s office. We may or may not have skipped down the sidewalk when that was done! We definitely breathed a HUGE sigh of relief. DJ couldn’t stop for long, however, because two medical trips were scheduled for the following weeks and a volunteer was arriving from the US in just two days.
The next week, DJ headed into the mountains with a medical team, leaving in God’s hands the clearance of the plane from Customs, and thankful for the specific donations had come in, making the medical trip possible.
When he got back the following week, there were messages on his phone from Agent Israel – the plane had been declared “free” from Customs! When he checked his email, he saw that several more donations had come in, covering the remaining costs of importation and beyond! In less than two months from arriving in Bolivia with the Super Cub, the next big step was finished!
Sometimes God calls us to hurry on things; other times He asks us to be patient and wait. I think the biggest lesson we learned from this is that it’s not about how much gets done (or not done) in a day; rather the lesson comes in staying in tune with the Big Boss and continuing on, one step at a time, always ready, but never impatient.
“Direct my steps by your Word…” Psalm 119:133
“A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” Proverbs 16:9
“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way.” Psalm 37:23
Stay tuned for more on the medical trips and what is happening next on the airplane!
The Knott Family
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Super Cub

Cleared from Customs!

Paperwork currently in process with the Bolivian FAA (DGAC) for local registration.
Needs From Here Forward:

1. Funding for medical trips in October: $250

2. Expected costs, Pilot's License conversion: $800
Ways God has Provided:

1. Funding for medical trips in July.

2. Funding to cover airplane importation and associated fees.
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