Thursday, May 16, 2013

It's the terrorists' fault that my visa was delayed

Yesterday morning I got the email I've been waiting on for 2 months (7 months total for everything), containing the last of my missing paperwork!!!

I sat there in shock and just cried. I'm not sure why..I knew it would come eventually. I had been praying earnestly about it as I got ready for work that morning. I think it was just the realization that this was one of the last hurdles that lay between me and Nigeria and I couldn't believe that my agonizing days of waiting were over. They were tears of joy and thankfulness. I would never have sat and cried at being overwhelmed with the goodness of God had my visa came when it "should have"(my timing).

I am just in awe at God's perfect timing. Ha, again, I don't know why! Besides being able to get more involved with my church, deepen relationships, and grow in my walk with Christ during all this time, it's perfect because my friends, who's son I've been watching part time, only needed me until next week when school is out (she teaches part time) . I don't believe that was a coincidence at all!

So, as of yesterday, the Nigerian embassy (in D.C.) has everything they need from me and I'm just waiting for that stamp of approval (I won't mention how my worry about waiting has now transferred to worrying about it possibly getting denied. Will I ever learn?). I probably won't reset my departure date until I've heard it's been approved but it will probably be mid to late June.

Ok, where the title of this blog comes in is in the email I received with the scanned documents (from Nigeria): One of a few excuses he used for the delay was that the jihadist militant group, Boko Haram, was to blame for some of the delays because they were a "menace". I don't take lightly what the BH are doing in Nigeria (they actually declared a "state of emergency" in 3 Nigerian states today) and it could very well be true, but I just had to laugh.

But, if God is for me, Satan and the terrorists can't keep me out of Nigeria, right? :)

Thanks for everyone's prayers and encouragement lately. I'm praying that the visa is approved and sent to me soon! Happy day! Would you please pray along with me?

Got/get to be here to see Meghan receive her Masters, Ali her HS diploma,
and my dad his Bachelors. Aren't they precious? I'm so proud of them!


  1. Just wanted to say that I think what you're doing is great. It's awesome when God plants a people group on your heart and you follow the dream through whatever obstacle there is and there will be. I was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria and moved to Southeast Kansas when I was 16. My wife who is from Wichita moved with me to Lagos a couple of years ago and we will be moving back to Kansas at the end of June (contract is over). Anyway, I wish you all the best and will be following your journey.

    1. Ugo, thank you so much for your encouragement! I'm so disappointed that we'll just miss each other! I'm leaving for Nigeria June 23rd...I would've loved to have met you guys and chat a bit! I live in Andover, just outside of Wichita. Maybe one day :) That's great that your wife got to experience your home. I wish the best for you guys too. God bless!

  2. Hey, just wanted you to know that incidentally, my wife and I will be in Wichita on Monday. If you're available for lunch or coffee, we'd love to meet you. Send me an email and I will send you our contact information. No worries if you can't. I understand it is short notice. Take care!