This question has been a constant source of anxiety, hence my article Is Faith a Multifaceted Gem?
Since we have arrived in Germany my mother and I have been without a job. That’s 2 months and 1 week of not knowing where the next dime may come from. In a sense, I can say that our source of income has been Jehovah.
On the 7th of November 2018, an elder in our congregation called my mother to inform her that he had time-sensitive information regarding our Visa. He made it clear, through his persistence, that it was of the utmost importance. So that same night around 10 pm he, his wife, my mother and myself all went to a local Greek restaurant. As we sat around the candlelight nursing our drinks, I honestly dreaded having to hear what he had to share with us. I felt as though my heart was the same color as the pitch black night that lay just beyond the windows.
But Jehovah is a merciful God. After we had gotten settled and he had gathered his thoughts and said that he had found the exact person who is in charge of the decision on whether or not our Visa gets approved or disapproved.
The person in charge gave him a very thorough rundown of all the requirements needed to get our Visa, what to do and what not to do. We realized that the steps we had been taking for our VISA was only half of what was required. There was a list of things needed that could make or break our application.
To understand the dread I was feeling in that moment, I really thought for a split second that all was lost. This adventure of living in a new country, learning two new languages and making new relationships would soon come to an end.
As the brother continued to explain all that was required and the steps that needed to be taken, my mother fired an endless stream of questions in his direction and I sat there quietly. Not saying a word. My body felt like it was slowly freezing. I felt the urge to cry, but I think I was dehydrated. Cause nothing came out.
Currently we are trying our best to meet the necessary requirements, but we really have no way of knowing whether or not we will be able to.
This scripture has become the salve for days when my anxiety burns strong, like today. “Your strength will be in keeping calm and showing trust.” -Isaiah 30:15
The other day, right as we were leaving our apartment complex my mother checked the mailbox. Inside she found a white envelope. There was no name, no return address. Just a scripture and €300 inside.
If you’re reading this, and you’re the brother or sister who gave us that money- from the bottom of my heart- thank you. Not just for the money but for showing Jehovah’s love through your selfless act.
We needed that €300 for something required for getting our VISA’s. We had been so worried as to how we would find the money, since neither of us have jobs. And the timing couldn’t have been better. I refuse to believe that it was a coincidence.
We may get deported, its a real possibility. But if I’m being honest I think is where the 2018 “Be Courageous” convention comes in. It was drilled into our brains that weekend, THERE IS MORE WITH US THAN AGAINST US.