Last Sunday at LifeBridge, we had the chance to celebrate the power of God at work in our lives. For most of our first year, we have been praying for the Sirleaf family. Watta (the mother) is a school district employee who sets up for us each Sunday morning. 17 years ago, her family was torn apart by war in Liberia. She and her husband eventually found their way to America, but they were still separated from their children (who eventually ended up in Ghana). Over time, Watta and her husband had re-established communication with them, and for years had been trying to get them visas so that they could come to America and be re-united with family. Anybody who has ever worked with immigration knows the story of delay after delay after delay. And so we prayed, and waited, and prayed.
About two weeks ago, the Sirleafs heard the news they had been longing for — their oldest son had been approved! But he had only one week in which to leave, or his visa would be revoked. Things went into frantic overdrive, arrangements were made, and we were able to help them in getting the last minute airline ticket so that Sekue could come home. Last Sunday, there they were . . . sitting in the second row: Father, mother, and son . . . together again after all these years.
17 years ago, Satan was at work through the ravages of war to tear a family apart. Last week, we saw the power of God bring a family back together again. “(Jesus said) The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” — John 10:10