BREAKING: Sanctuary Case Development

This past Thanksgiving week, the Thompson’s petition to adjust status requested by their daughter got approved. This is A HUGE WIN on their path to freedom and a welcomed source of encouragement for their many supporters who have worked and prayed for months on end.

As Clive shared, this advancement “makes us feel joyful that God is working.”聽

The application granted is called a I-130 ( This application usually takes 8.5-14 months to process, but the Thompsons received it in 5 months. The next step is to move towards lifting their order of deportation.

A special THANK YOU to all who have fasted and prayed throughout the Thompsons’ 14 months living in Sanctuary. We are also grateful for Senator Bob Casey and his staff for reaching out to USCIS on the family’s behalf.馃檹馃檶馃徔鉂わ笍


How can you support the Thompson’s in their final stretch towards freedom?

1. Keep the prayers coming! This struggle calls on the strength on our faith and uniting our prayers is a powerful.

2. Donate to the Thompsons HERE or attend their Sanctuary dinners on the last Friday of every month. See our Facebook for details.


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La semana pasada de Acci贸n de Gracias, se aprob贸 la petici贸n de Thompson para ajustar el estado solicitado por su hija. Este es UN GRAN VICTORIA en su camino hacia la libertad y una fuente bienvenida de aliento para sus muchos seguidores que han trabajado y rezado durante meses.

Como Clive comparti贸, este avance “nos hace sentir gozosos de que Dios est谩 trabajando“.

La solicitud concedida se denomina I-130 ( Esta aplicaci贸n suele tardar entre 8,5 y 14 meses en procesarse, pero los Thompson la recibieron en 5 meses. El siguiente paso es avanzar hacia el levantamiento de su orden de deportaci贸n.

Gracias especiales a todos los que han ayunado y orado durante los 14 meses de los Thompson que viven en Santuario. Tambi茅n estamos agradecidos por el senador Bob Casey y su personal por comunicarse con USCIC en nombre de la familia. 馃檹馃檶馃徔鉂わ笍


驴C贸mo puedes apoyar a los Thompson en su recta final hacia la libertad?

1. 隆Sigan las oraciones! Esta lucha llama a la fuerza en nuestra fe y la uni贸n de nuestras oraciones es un poderoso.

2. Donar a los Thompsons AQUI o asistir a sus cenas en el Santuario el 煤ltimo viernes de cada mes. Visita nuestro Facebook para obtener m谩s informaci贸n.

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