At last we have leveled the playing field. Once a year the US has a Diversity Lottery to allow immigrants from around the world the slim chance to obtain the coveted United States Visa in order to immigrate to freedom.
My African Son, Jerry has been a refugee in Uganda for the last 12 years since 2008. He has been ousted from his home country of DRC-Democratic Republic of Congo, where it is anything but Democratic. Rebels killed most of his family and Jerry escaped with only the clothes on his back. Madness of the highest order fueled by evil, greed and grotesque torture on every level.
He went from a civilized and affluent upbringing to the nothingness of being a man without a country with refugee status in Uganda. When he arrived, he did not even speak the language.
In twelve years, he has married Zawadi, had a family, started an organization to help his fellow countrymen who are also refugees. He learned the language, miraculously obtained a college degree through the Lord’s provision. He chose to live in the city of Kampala rather than in a tent in a refugee camp.
As a refugee, he will never be interviewed for a job as jobs go to the Ugandan people and he is “no people at all” according to the world. His only citizenship is being a child of the King. His mother taught him about Jesus and Jerry’s faith has grown as God continually provides for Jerry and his family in the depths of despair through many ordinary people who are the hands and feet of Jesus.
Only 55,000 world wide will be awarded this passport to freedom and for once, even the refugee is eligible to apply. So now we have a chance, an edge, an advantage, a Divine Way Maker. Our prayers CAN move the hand of God.
Our God can part the Red Sea and allow Jerry and his family their dream of coming to America. Our prayers are our hope to make this happen. My friends have been so generous to give so that Jerry could give to others who had even less than him. Other friends like Dr. Pingnan Shi (an immigrant from Communist China) has voluntarily partnered with Jerry to provide educational opportunities to these refugees. God has moved in the hearts of many to make provision for Jerry until he can have the freedom to live in a free country where he can obtain work and provide for his family.
Now I am asking for your prayers for an all-out massive prayer effort that moves the hand of God.From October 7th until November 10th, the lottery is open. Jerry’s application was made on day one. Will you pray with me daily during this month for God to make a way for Jerry and his family to be selected for this passport to freedom.
While our own country is so terribly divided and we are fighting with each other, there truly are starving children in Africa who look to the United States as the greatest place on earth. How easily we too could become refugees? All it takes is people without conscience to kill, steal and destroy. Let us all realize the great opportunity and freedom we have in the greatest country in the world.
And let’s pray to the God of the Impossible for Jerry to be granted freedom.
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Polly Riddell writing as G. Polly Jordan is a storyteller connecting people and the stories they tell.
She is Mwamikazi to an African family trusting God for a miracle.