I am so excited to report that one of my mentors and good friends from my student ministry with the UU Church of the Philippines received his Visa to travel to America this summer. He will be at GA, and will be visiting several UU congregations across the states. We’ll hopefully have him in Portland for a spell.
Rev. Nihal Attanayake is a former Anglican Priest from Sri Lanka, and new President of the UU Church of the Philippines. He has been staff director of the Faith in Action Department for nearly a decade, leading church building, partner church, and very innovative social enterprise efforts including microfinance.
Getting a Visa to America from the Philippines, or anywhere in SE Asia for that matter, is so Freakin Hard. I’m so excited and a little surprised.