Paraguay Fundraising Page

(Last edited 25th of September 2022)


We're going to Paraguay!

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After much prayer and research we have decided to, in faith, start the process to move to Paraguay and at the same time renew our expired passports. The Lord has been opening doors and we expect that the last ones will be opened when we start to walk in faith.

Below are a couple of links that explains our situation.

Forced Vaccination in Tonga
Locked in until He returns?
No Vaccination - No Banking
100 Hiroshima Bombs and Mark of The Beast Rehearsal
The Juice is Good...in Paraguay!
An update about Paraguay, IRS and Vaccine Requirements
IRS, will you steal our money?
Church, THIS IS IT! Tonga Visa Waiver!

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Amount needed...

In total: USD $35,000.

Received so far...

USD 11,741.

I will adjust this amount for various fees that we have to pay to receive your gift. See options below for details.

The money will be used for...

Travel accommodation is not included in the estimated cost. We're hoping/praying that we will find someone in Mexico or Colombia who is willing to help us with that.

Current status...

Because of the temporary Tongan visa waiver our focus is now to leave Tonga within the given time frame. As soon as the paperwork is finished in Nuku'alofa we aim to fly to Mexico. Hopefully that is within 1-2 months.

Estimated additional funds required for the above: USD 4,718
Money spent so far: USD $2,460

Since Paraguay plan to change their immigration law in the near future it would be good to also file for residency as soon as possible. An additional funds of about USD $8,000 for government fees and security deposit will be needed for that.

Activity log

I'll try to write down everything related to our residency application and move to Paraguay here. Costs, paperwork, specific prayer requests and more.

June - Consultations with translator, legal counsel in Paraguay 17th of June 2022 - Finished this page. :) - Arranged with POA, USD $16 - Arranged with Affidavits - Signed agreement with translator and registered service provider in Paraguay - Arranged with birth certificate for Timothy, USD $19 - Sent in applications for Swedish police clearances. - Asked the Swedish embassy in Canberra: What do we need to do to get a "samordningnummer" for Timothy? - The embassy replied:
"In order to register your child with the Swedish Tax Agency, you will need to apply at a Swedish Honorary Consulate for a coordination number. To find your nearest Consulate, see link below: longlink You will need for your appointment the original of: The form "Förnamn och efternamn” (attached), signed by both parents Child's birth certificate Proof that the mother has carried and given birth to the child, i.e. discharge summary/letter from doctor, midwife Valid photo ID for applicant, if available Valid photo ID for both parents (Swedish passport for Swedish parent/s) If Swedish parent has dual citizenship, please bring citizenship certificate. If not, please bring copy of Visa for Australia. Parent’s marriage certificate If child is over the age of 18, they must also show proof of retaining Swedish Citizenship: longlink The child must be present. All certified copies from consulate plus the form attached, needs to be emailed and posted to Embassy of Sweden in Canberra, Australia! The Embassy requests a coordination number ("samordningsnummer") from Skatteverket in Sweden. The decision will be sent to the parents by post from Skatteverket. The coordination number will look different to Swedish person-number, as Swedish Tax Agency will add ‘60’ to the birthdate. After receiving the decision, you will be able to apply for a passport for the child."
Timothy needs a "samordningnumber" before we can request an "extract from the population register" which we need for our residency application in Paraguay. The number is also needed before we can apply for a temporary passport for Timothy. The "extract from the population register" can only be sent by snail mail to our registered address here in Tonga and needs to be apostilled by a lawyer in Sweden, meaning, we need to send the papers back to Sweden by courier as soon as we receive them. The lawyer will then send them back to us apostilled. Since we have not been allowed to go to the hospital we took a photo of the birth, when Timothy and my wife still were connected by the spinal cord. We also saved the placenta in the freezer. Hopefully that will be enough as evidence. We can't fly to Nuku'alofa were the Swedish consul is located, we neither have funds or the required v-card. I've asked the embassy for an alternative solution. Please pray we can solve it here in Vava'u. - Received $25 through BuyMeACoffee. USD $22.5 will remain after fees. 18th of June 2022 - Started to work on the Paraguay Fundraising App. The app will allow users to follow the progress and donate conveniently directly within the app through Google Play. - Started to work on a way to setup PayPal donations through my daughter Jemimas PayPal account. It's not possible to receive funds through PayPal in Tonga. - Updated the "Paraguay Fundraising Page". 19th of June 2022 - Received $160 through BuyMeACoffee. USD $144 will remain after fees. - Received USD USD $22 in Ethereum. 20th of June 2022 - I just received a response from the Swedish Embassy in Canberra regarding "samordningsnummer" for Timothy:
You must present in person with your child to Swedish consulate in Tonga for this to happen. There is no other way. I have checked with Swedish MFA also.
This means that we can't get Timothy registered with SKV unless Lulutai Airlines removes the vaccine requirements or we find another way to get to Nuku'alofa. In either case, this will increase the cost for us with perhaps USD $1,500-$2,000. As a last resort I'm going to suggest, to the embassy, that we make a video call, in person, together with someone who can verify our documents. My hopes are frail. - The only ferry who takes passengers from Neiafu to Nuku'alofa requires a v-card. The same goes for Lulutai Airlines. As far as we can see, we're currently unable to leave Vava'u. We need more prayers! 21st of June 2022 - The Swedish embassy replied again:
No you and child must personally visit the Swedish consulate in Tonga.
22nd of June 2022 - Paid for Swedish police clearances, USD $130. - Added WISE as a way to donate to us. Instructions below on this page. 23rd of June 2022 - Finished the Paraguay Fundraising App. Donate and follow progress in real time. - USD $20 received through the Paraguay Fundraising App. - Verified with WISE to receive bank transfers in USD, EUR and other major currencies. 24th of June 2022 - Jemima Tibell, my daughter, is now accepting donations through PayPal on behalf of the family. - Received USD $290 through PayPal. - Received USD $26 through WISE. No fees for WISE to WISE transfers! - Refunded USD $20 sent through Paraguay Fundraising App. 1st of July 2022 - Celebrations and reunions when Vanuatu opened up their borders for all international travellers. 3rd of July 2022 - We're still unable to leave Vava'u. Both air and water are closed for us, making it impossible to present Timothy to the Swedish consul in Tonga. Please pray! 4th of July 2022 - Australia will finally remove their Covid vaccine requirements for international arrivals on July the 6th. Hopefully their new policy will spread to Tonga and Fiji soon. 8th of July 2022 - Tonga borders slowly re-opening in August. I still don't know exactly what this means more than it's a step in the right direction. 12th of July 2022 - After some technical problems Jemima and Benjamin have been able to set up a GiveSendGo page for us. GiveSendGo is a Christian fundraising site with minimal fees. Benjamin will receive the funds on behalf of the family. - USD $100 received through GiveSendGo. 13th of July 2022 - USD $50 received through GiveSendGo. God bless you sister! 16th of July 2022 - The Tonga Government has today handed back bookings to airlines and travel agents. Air New Zealand will start commercial flights in September with three flights per week. It is still not clear what this means for unvaccinated. We're still unable to travel within Tonga. 18th of July 2022 - USD $2,035 received through WISE. God bless you brother! - Initial payment for translations and fees, Paraguay application, USD $1620. 23rd of July 2022 - The borders of Tonga will open for all double-injected on the 1st of August. Domestic travel is still impossible for us. Who knows, this old song might soon get a new, more "down to earth" meaning. Would you like to pick us up? 27th of July 2022 - USD $98 received through GiveSendGo. - Tried to contact IRS today, again. You can read about it on this page. 28th of July 2022 - USD $82 received through the Paraguay Fundraising App. - USD $200 received through GiveSendGo. God bless you brother! (my email bounced back when I emailed you...) - USD $95 received through PayPal. 29th of July 2022 - USD $515 received through WISE. 30th of July 2022 - USD $164 received through the Paraguay Fundraising App. - USD $3,000 received through GiveSendGo. God bless you sister! 2nd of August 2022 - JUST GOT THE NEWS! Travel restrictions removed for Vava'u from TODAY! It means we're able to travel to Nuku'lofa to start the process for emergency passports! It will take more money than we have now, please contribute if you can, God bless you! - Confirmed with the local ferry company, no V-Card required! 3rd of August 2022 - USD $100 received through GiveSendGo. 5th of August 2022 - We believe it's time for us to move from Vava'u to Nuku'alofa. 6th of August 2022 - USD $92 received through PayPal on 1st of August. Sorry about the delay. - USD $46 received through PayPal. 7th of August 2022 - Received USD USD $295 in Dash. 17th of August 2022 - USD $100 received through GiveSendGo. 18th of August 2022 - USD $82 received through the Paraguay Fundraising App. - USD $24 received through PayPal. - USD $10 received through GiveSendGo. Thank you for your prayer brother! 19th of August 2022 - Received the Police Clearances and the Extract from the Population Register from Sweden. Will now send them back with courier to have them apostilled by a Swedish Notary Public. - USD $92 received through PayPal. 21st of August 2022 - USD $48 received through PayPal. 26th of August 2022 - USD $53 received through GiveSendGo. Thank you for the Word! 28th of August 2022 - Received $10 through BuyMeACoffee. 29th of August 2022 - USD $20.50 received through the Paraguay Fundraising App. 1st of September 2022 - USD $20 received through the Paraguay Fundraising App. 6th of September 2022 - USD $98 received through PayPal. 9th of September 2022 - An unexpected answer to prayer. Tonga Cabinet today approved the waiver of Visa overstay fees. This means that we can lawfully leave Tonga without punishment, but the window is only 3 months. Read more on this link. - USD $20 received through GiveSendGo. - USD $50 received through GiveSendGo. - USD $100 received through GiveSendGo. - USD $500 received through GiveSendGo. 10th of September 2022 - USD $92 received through PayPal. - USD $48 received through PayPal. - USD $24 received through PayPal. - Small change of plans. Instead of seeking residency in Paraguay before we leave Tonga, we will now aim to leave Tonga first to take advantage of the Visa Waiver program. Next step is now to move to Nuku'alofa to urgently arrange with papers and emergancy visas. Please pray for oil and rain! We only have 3 months to arrange with everything. - USD $20 received through the Paraguay Fundraising App. 11th of September 2022 - USD $20 received through GiveSendGo. - USD $10 received through WISE. 12th of September 2022 - USD $14 received through PayPal. - USD $23 received through PayPal. 13th of September 2022 - USD $987 received through GiveSendGo. Thank you Jerry! - USD $987 received through GiveSendGo. Thank you Ariel at GiveSendGo! - It was a really nice surprise to see that Ariel at GiveSendGo selected our campaign as part of their Give Back program!!! - USD $250 received through GiveSendGo. Thank you for your kind words! - New Zealand abolish "The COVID-19 Protection Framework" completely. Great news for us! All vaccine/mask mandates and requirements for incoming travellers will be removed on September the 26th! 14th of September 2022 - Arranged with a certificed copy of the birth certificate for Timothy. USD $10. 15th of September 2022 - Paraguay work on a new immigration law. We need your prayers! 16th of September 2022 - We're leaving Vava'u on Monday! Read more here. - Bought tickets to go with the ferry from Vava'u to Tongatapu on Monday. Bought some bags for luggage. Total cost about USD $420. - Since it will be difficult to update the homepage without the desktop we've created a Facebook page for the move. Click here to go to the Facebook page. - USD $400 received through GiveSendGo. God bless you! 17th of September 2022 - USD $130 received through GiveSendGo. God bless you brother! - We have not yet found an inexpensive place to stay in Nuku'alofa. Please pray! - Volcanic activity increasing ahead of our ferry trip. Depending on the weather we might be able to take some photos of the smoke on Monday. 18th of September 2022 - Volcanic activity at the Home Reef increasing ahead of our ferry trip. Volcano erupting. The ferry trip takes about 24 hours. 19th of September 2022 - USD $50 received through GiveSendGo. Tack Mona-Liza! Var det en stor polkagrisklubba jag fick av dig? - Ferry postponed until Thursday due to bad weather. 20th of September 2022 - Aviation Alert level for Tonga's Home Reef volcanic activity was raised from Yellow to Orange this morning. - An additional USD $4,800 will be required for tickets to Mexico after the paperwork is finished in Nuku'alofa. - Government fees and security deposit in Paraguay will cost about USD $8,000. We can file it as soon as we get the funds. Because of the new law it is a adviced to do it ASAP. 21st of September 2022 - USD $38 received through GiveSendGo. God bless you brother! 22nd of September 2022 - Left Vava'u with ferry. Will arrive in Tongatapu 24 hours later. Follow us on our temporary Facebook page. - Paid for extra luggage on the ferry, USD $30. 23rd of September 2022 - Arrived in Tongatapu. Found a temporary house in Nuku'alofa. Thanks Finau and family! Nathanael didn't like the bathroom door... - Spent USD $25 for transport of family and luggage from the wharf to our rental house. - Paid USD $200 for 1 week, temporary rental house in Nuku'alofa. 25th of September 2022 - USD $24 received through PayPal. - USD $20 received through the Paraguay Fundraising App. 26th of September 2022 - Talked to immigration here in Nuku'alofa today. The information about the Visa Waiver was not complete. Read more here. - Prepared papers to register Timothy with the Swedish consul tomorrow. 27th of September 2022 - It turns out that banks took about 5% in fees and exchange rates when sending money from Switzerland, the funds raised with GiveSendGo, to Tonga. Our budget is tight and we might need to raise the total amount needed unless we find very cheap tickets. Euro has also lost value compared to USD, causing a currency loss of about 5%. Since Benjamin is in Switzerland we couldn't use USD for the GSG fundraiser. - Meeting scheduled with the Swedish consul today at 14. We will show Timothy to her to get him "registered".

Ways to give...

There are two things everyone can do.

PRAY

...and...

SHARE

If you know someone in Bogota or Mexico City who can help with a simple place to live until passports and papers have been fixed, please or install my Android app!

If you've been lead by the Lord to help us financially, please read below for ways we can receive money.

GiveSendGo

Jemima and Benjamin have now set up a GiveSendGo page for us. Benjamin will receive the funds on behalf of the family. GiveSendGo is a Christian fundraising site with minimal fees. After currency exchange costs about 96-97% remains for us.

PayPal

Jemima Tibell, my daughter, is accepting donations through PayPal on behalf of the family. We're unable to do so in Tonga. After PayPal fees, withdrawal fees and currency exchange costs about 91-92% remains for us.

Patreon

Patreon can be used for monthly and yearly donations. It is also possible to give once, just cancel the subscription after the first payment has been made, before the end of the month/year. After withdrawal fees and currency exchange costs about 90% remains for us. Tap below:

If you would like to conveniently support our move with a larger sum of money, become a Paraguay Super Patron. Tap below:

BuyMeACoffee

You can use cards for smaller donations with BuyMeACoffee. After withdrawal fees and currency exchange costs about 91-92% remains for us. Tap below:

WISE

Send us money easily through WISE. Install the app, make sure you have funds and then follow directions below. We receive 100% of the amount and are able to exchange at a very low rate.

  1. Add me to your contact list in you phone: John Tibell, +6768442815 (the number goes to my mifi device)
  2. Go to Recipients, find my name, tap it and follow instructions to transfer.

I have accounts in USD, EUR and SEK. For lowest possible fees, use any of those currencies. If you need me to add another one, please or install my Android app!

If you don't have WISE, click here to signup! It's a great way to handle multiple currencies at lowest possible rates. Through my link you'll get fee-free transactions up to GPD 500(more than USD $500).

Google Play

Donate conveniently through Google Play using our "Paraguay Fundraising App". Install it to get updates and see progress in real time. We receive about 82% of the amount given.

Bank Transfer

I'm now using WISE for bank transfers. They minimize fees and currency conversion loss.

Below are details for USD and EUR transfers. If you need another currency or have questions, please or install my Android app! We receive about 99% of the amount and are able to exchange at a very low rate.

USD inside the US:

Account holder: John Magnus Tibell
Routing number: 084009519
Account number: 9600004901020606
Account type: Checking

Wise's address:

19 W 24th Street
New York NY 10010
United States

USD outside the USD:

Account holder: John Magnus Tibell
SWIFT/BIC: CMFGUS33
Account number: 8311830475

Wise's address:

19 W 24th Street
New York NY 10010
United States

Please note that we can only receive USD from the these countries and the United States.

EUR inside EU and SEPA:

Account holder: John Magnus Tibell
BIC: TRWIBEB1XXX
IBAN: BE36 9673 2377 8181

Wise's address:

Avenue Louise 54, Room S52
Brussels
1050
Belgium

EUR outside EU and SEPA:

Account holder: John Magnus Tibell
SWIFT/BIC: TRWIBEB1XXX
IBAN: BE36 9673 2377 8181

Wise's address:

Avenue Louise 54, Room S52
Brussels
1050
Belgium

Cryptocurrency

I'm able to pay most of the legal fees and translation costs in cryptocurrency. After exchange fees about 95% of the amount given remians.

Bitcoin:
Ethereum:
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Western Union

Please or install my Android app for details. We receive 100% of the amount but they charge you for the transfer and have bad currency exchange rates.

Let us know...

We continue to need support for food and other basic needs, please let us know if you send funds specifically for our move to Paraguay and the renewal of our passports.

God bless you all!

I will continue to update this page, please add a bookmark and check back as often as you can!

In Christ,

John Tibell

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