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Have travel visas ever been granted so quickly?

Vice Consul Sebastian J. Gregg from the U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia informs that he has personally expedited the issuance of visas to The Baraki Brothers, who may now travel to the U.S., so that Assefa can receive the life-saving kidney transplant from his borther, Robel.

Deo gratias!

This effort of charity still needs generous donations of prayer, work and alms. Please use the “DONATE” link in the blog header, or click here to contribute your alms. E-mail the Coordinator of this mission, Patrick Elms, to volunteer to help: the Baraki Brothers are in urgent need of lodging and will need rides to hospitals in the District of Columbia metropolitan region.

See the exchange between NCCL Executive Director Lloyd and Vice Consul Gregg:

——– Original Message ——–
Subject: an expression of thanks for expediting the applications for visas for Baraki Boys Assefa Hailu & Robel Hailu — [Fwd: Patients of Dr. Evans] — MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2012 20:27:08 -0400
From: Gregory P Lloyd, NCCL Executive Director
To: Sebastian J Gregg – Vice Consul US Embassy Addis Ababa
CC: Rev Fr Tesfamariam Baraki , Rev Father Abraha Baraki , Robel Hailu Baraki , C Patrick Elms – NCCL Coordinator of International Missions

Hon. Sebastian J. Gregg
Vice Consul – U.S. Embassy
Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA

Dear Vice Consul Gregg,

On behalf of the small but feisty non-profit charity which I help to direct, but more importantly for the entire Baraki Family in Ethiopia and in diaspora, please allow this short note to express the immense thanks of one and all for the professionalism and compassion with which you expedited the applications of the Baraki Boys for visas.

Our humble hope is that young Assefa and his courageous brother Robel will soon return in restored health to their Family and Homeland to contribute to the betterment of both in every way. Thanks to you, that is looking more likely.

If in your continued charity you could send a short prayer heavenward for these young men, they sure could use it.

Sincerely & respectfully,
Gregory Lloyd


610/435-2634 tel

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Gregory P. Lloyd, M.A.
Executive Director

National Coalition of Clergy & Laity
621 Jordan Circle, Whitehall PA 18052-7119 USA

http://LookingEast.stblogs.com
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http://www.national-coalition.org

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“Pray, hope, and don’t worry.” St. Padre Pio

From: Gregg, Sebastian J
Sent: Thursday, August 23, 2012 4:17 AM
To: Van Ostrand, Loren A [Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, D.C.]
Subject: RE: Patients of Dr. Evans

Thanks so much for your prompt response. I just issued Robel and Assefa’s visas and their passports will be ready for travel to the States by tomorrow. Thanks again for your help and I really appreciate what your hospital is doing for these guys.

Regards,

Seb Gregg

Vice Consul
Embassy of the United States
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Phone: +251 (011) [omitted here]

From: Van Ostrand, Loren A
Sent: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 4:30 PM
To: Gregg, Sebastian J
Cc: Evans, Stephen; Richard, Kerry M
Subject: RE: Patients of Dr. Evans

Hi Sebastian,

Yes, Dr. Evans and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital are committed to Mr. Assefa Hailu and his younger brother, Robel Hailu Baraki (through their uncle, Father Tesfamariam Baraki) for a living related kidney transplant.

I appreciate your diligence, and thank you for assisting the brothers with their visas.

Please let me know if you have any further questions.

Loren

Loren (Kokal) Van Ostrand
Hospital Administration
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

From: Gregg, Sebastian J
Sent: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 12:47 AM
To: Van Ostrand, Loren A
Subject: RE: Patients of Dr. Evans

Hello Loren, thanks for getting back to me. As I said earlier, I’m a consular officer at the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and was wondering if Dr. Evans has been in contact with two young Ethiopian non-immigrant visa applicants by the name of Assefa and Robel Hailu. They are brothers and came to the Embassy yesterday to apply for visas for the ostensible purpose of undergoing a kidney donation and transplant procedure at your hospital. They included a copy of a letter signed by Dr. Evans stating that MedStar Georgetown University Hospital has been cooperating with Assefa and Robel in preparing for the procedure and that the hospital would pay for all medical services, “on a charitable basis, at no cost to the donor, the recipient or the respective family.

I just wanted to confirm that this is the case as stated in the letter we received. If so, I’ll make sure personally that Assefa and Robel are issued their visas by week’s end, as this appears to be a serious medical concern. We have interviewed visa applicants with a similar story but this is the first instance in which we have received a letter from a hospital. Thank you very much for your time and assistance on this matter.

Regards,

Sebastian Gregg

Vice Consul
Embassy of the United States
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

This email is UNCLASSIFIED.

From: Van Ostrand, Loren A
Sent: Monday, August 20, 2012 7:55 PM
To: Gregg, Sebastian J
Subject: Patients of Dr. Evans

Good afternoon Consul Gregg,

I received a voice-mail from you this morning regarding two of Dr. Evans’ patients trying to obtain visas.

Please let me know how we can help.

Thank you.

Loren

Loren (Kokal) Van Ostrand
Hospital Administration
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

Remember that Assefa still needs financial support and above all, prayers, to make this trip successful! Click here to help him with a donation.

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