Sep6ThuSeptember 6, 2018
It has been a full summer! So much wonderful news to share! In the span of 5 weeks throughout June and July we welcomed Family 4, Family 7 and Family 6!
Thank you for praying for Family 7. It was a nail-biting journey for us all. Here’s a bit of their story…
D (husband) was to be deported June 28 to his country of citizenship which would jeopardize the refugee sponsorship application (according to international law, a person cannot be considered a refugee while living in their country of citizenship). The application was nowhere near finished when we got the news just weeks before the deportation date. We expected the process to continue into next year. All we could do was pray – there was nothing else we could do to expedite the process. Miracle after miracle was reported on a weekly and sometimes daily basis – they’ve completed this part of the process, they’ve been approved for the next step, they have their visas, they have their flights booked! All within unbelievably quick timing! The flights were booked for June 26 – 2 days before deportation day! On June 26, we waited excitedly for news, but the news we got was not good. At the airport, waiting at the gate, they were detained, searched, and interrogated for 5 hours, causing them to miss their flight. We knew that what God begins, He will bring to completion but it was a very stressful time! D held in one hand a ticket to his country of citizenship for June 28 while we all prayed for another miracle. And another miracle happened indeed – they’re flights were rescheduled for the wee hours of the morning on June 28. As before, they were detained, searched and interrogated but this time they had arrived at the airport many hours early just in case. Miraculously, they were released just in time to get on the plane and the officials hadn’t searched the bags that contained some potentially “incriminating” Christian material (eg. their daughters’ Bibles and Bible story books)! They arrived at the Toronto airport totally exhausted – physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Despite their exhaustion and the trauma they experienced over many, many years because of their Christian faith, one of their first questions on the drive to Cobourg was “Is it okay to preach the gospel to the Muslims in Cobourg?”
Our theme verse for this particular journey has been Psalm 109:27: "Let them know that it is your hand, that you, O Lord, have done it"!!!
Praise God for His provision in so many incredible ways! Praise Him for His sovereignty in the timing and the details!
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