We have had a time of it. What was an easy process for our other two kiddos, getting Mo’s US citizenship has been one hurdle after another. We were being told that due to recent changes in the process it could take up to 6 months to get his certificate of citizenship. No big deal unless you need a passport and visa for your child in order to return overseas to your job! After multiple attempts, much frustration and even with the advice of immigration lawyers, we were beginning to think we would need to give up teaching this semester and stay in the States to get it all figured out.
On a Monday we were told that there was no way to have an appointment any sooner than 102 days. On Wednesday of that week, an officer gave us a call and asked us to come for an appointment in 6 days for the much desired certificate. We were thrilled. Felt blessed. Wondered how there was such a change. Of course, we soon found that it was a total God thing.
I sat in the office on Friday presenting all of the documents required listening to the story of our officer who was originally from the Philippines. He knew first hand about poverty even though he is now living the American dream. He spent the first several years of his life on the streets until he was taken in to a boarding school run by Americans who loved him, educated him and gave him a chance in life. The officer told me how Mo’s profile on his application had reminded him of himself 60 years earlier. “I wanted to help you help this boy like that couple helped me.”
I could hardly keep myself from crying in this man’s office. I wanted to weep for the relief of finally having the documents we need to return to our Asian home, but snotty sobs threatened to overtake me as I realized how big this story is. Only God can change a life 60 years ago and still have it paying forward today. Amazing really.
I makes me pause. Anyone who knows me even a bit, knows that I am a rubber meets the road type of gal. If it isn’t working. Don’t bother. If I can’t see results then it needs to be changed. But honestly, sometimes the things we are called to aren’t measurable. For me, faithful is putting a lot of effort into things that I don’t know what the outcome will be. That couple who started a school for street kids…their work is helping our work. I am sure they never thought to put that down as a goal. They never got to write a newsletter about how their projects would have world wide ripples. I wish I could call that couple up – let them know how their work continues today – how their lives are impacting many.
This officer didn’t just help us get the papers we need to return to Asia. His story reminds me not to measure our work based on what I can see.
We have the citizenship paper that we needed. We were able to rush to Atlanta to get a passport for our guy and mailed it in for his visa which will give us permission to re-enter China as a new American citizen. The visa….that is another whole God story and we will see how that ends!