Hello MCF-ers…..that’s going to become a thing, I know it! Lol! I trust you all had a restful weekend and a great start to the new week. Any new converts now considering relocating to Canada? I greet you Welcome!
We had some drama at work today – a thieving staff member – but that is all sorted now. Phew!
In my last post, I talked about how I was formerly reluctant about relocating to Canada (or anywhere else to be honest), but later became eager and committed to the process. Upon my “conversion”, I remember my prayers each new week for God to send us our PPR during the week. On my birthday, I asked for God to grant us our PPR as my birthday present. But the PPR mail didn’t come through. Then finally on Mr. O’s birthday (May 2017), I asked God to send us our PPR mail. I thought it would be the best present ever for him!
THE DAY STARTED OFF AS NORMAL ….
I called Mr. O in the morning to wish him a happy birthday. Let me digress for a bit. My husband has worked outside Nigeria for the majority of our married life. His job (and he is very good at what he does, if I do say so myself, lol) takes him around the Middle East and Africa for a number of months at a time He only returns home for 1-2 weeks after every 3 months spell.
Yes, I know that our living situation is not ideal, but with God, we have made it work. Another reason – and perhaps equally as important as the ones outlined in my previous post – for wanting to relocate to Canada so badly was the knowledge that life in Canada would be much better than our current life as a family unit. You see, I knew that we would live together under one roof in Canada and I yearned for a normal family life. I know Mr. O did too.
Anyway, my son recorded a cute little video for his dad, wishing him a Happy Birthday and promising to buy him a Paw Patrol toy. On my way to work that morning, I listened to my usual morning pick-me-up – Tasha Cobbs, Break Every Chain. That morning, I sang very spiritedly “……..I hear the chains falling,” then prayed that any chain standing between my family and our relocating to Canada would be broken in Jesus Name. I knew it was a matter of when (and not if) our PPR mail would show up. But even I was not ready for it when it finally came.
I got a call from Mr. O at about 2pm later that day, and he said “We have been called!” I thought I didn’t hear him correctly, so I said “Could you please repeat what you said, as I didn’t hear you clearly?” And he responded, “PPR! We got our PPR!” Yours truly responded by saying “OMG! No way!! Mr. O, you are joking! Stop it!” Look at me, wishing away my miracle. Lmao. I then burst into uncontrollable laughter, so loud that all my colleagues were staring at me as if I was crazy.
See, when God shows up for you, your celebration can be so OTT and so wild. That is okay, it is the Lord’s doing. We just have to remember to give Him praise. And praise and thanks did I give him that afternoon. I kept repeating, “Thank You, God. Awesome God!” He had again showed up for my family, answered our prayers, according to His perfect will for our lives, and in His time. How great is our God!!!
Mr. O later told me that he had opened the email from CIC that day, thinking that it was their notification of a points deduction due to his getting older. I don’t think this happens after one has received the Invitation to Apply (ITA), but that was what he thought. An e-mail that we had waited on, for almost 5 months, had finally come and we were both unprepared for it.
ASTOUNDING AND DUMBFOUNDING BLESSINGS
You see, in my life, God has on several occasion dumbfounded me and left me speechless with his faithfulness in spite of my unworthiness. This was one of such occasions. People we knew, or people close to those that we knew had received their PPR, and we sometimes wondered when (not if) ours would come. We worried that it may come too late to make it to Canada in time for the new school session in September. But God made it all beautiful and perfect in His time.
My colleague who had done the paper-based application over two years ago, just got his PPR yesterday. He had been waiting since 2014, and hadn’t received any feedback at all from CIC. That all changed over the course of the last 10 days, literally! From medical request, to Police Clearance Certificate, Proof of Funds request, they all came one after the other. Speaking to him, I noticed that his mind was struggling to catch up to the pace of God’s blessings in his life. He had not fully comprehended all that had happened to him, but the miracles kept rolling in.
WRAPPING IT ALL UP
As I write this post, we have sent in our passports to the Accra Visa Office and are waiting to get our passports back. My family and I will be relocating to Canada in August this year, God willing. However, I am led to post this as a reminder to all and anyone waiting for their PPR, or indeed any miracle from God. See, God is not a man that He should lie, nor a son of man that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do it? Sometimes, the devil tries to get into our heads and make us forget the children of whom we are.
We are children of the Most High God. Our God, whose business it is to perform miracles, signs and wonders. “Onise Iyanu” – Our God, whose works (miracles) cause people to stare in awe and amazement. The same God who healed the leper, delivered Daniel from the lions’ den and the Israelites out of captivity in Egypt. He is the same yesterday, today and forever.
My prayer to everyone reading this today is that God will meet each and everyone of us at the point of our needs and cause His face to shine on us today and everyday.
For those considering relocating to Canada, check out the following useful links below. They helped us along the way on our journey:
Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) Tool – To find out how many points your family’s application may be accorded
CRS Language Calculator Tool – To see how many points you may get based on different English Language Test results
Till my next post, remain blessed everyone!