This is an amazing testimony, it is proof that God is not a man, He cannot lie (Numbers 23;19). If He has spoken it, He will surely bring it to pass. I pray this testimony will also create your own testimony as you read. Enjoy.
To go to America or to stay in Nigeria? That was the dilemma my poor mother was facing concerning my education. My father had told her he could not afford American tuition, her friends asked her how she was going to afford it and her income confirmed what her friends asked. Well, she had set her mind on sending me to school in America, so she faced God. Praying alongside a man of God, it was revealed that I was marked for greatness but I needed to go to America. That was all the revelation my mother needed. Together with my dad, they sold properties, shares, you name it. Their daughter was going to obodo oyibo!
Fast forward 6 years, I had a bachelor’s degree with honors and a master’s degree from an Ivy League institution also with honors. God was faithful! The provision for my tuition surfaced through scholarships, aids and contribution from family friends. Yes I finished! Now, the next phase of my life!
I needed a job! I had sent in so many applications to companies in the US, I had even began to lose count. I had bought several books on networking which I tried to put into practice, all to no avail. As an international student, I am only given 1 year to find a job and if the company decides to keep me, they file for the work permit for me. Here I was in my 5th month, interview after interview after application. Still nothing! I had nothing better to do anyways, so church was my happy place. I will pray and pray and fast and pray. I told God I specifically wanted to work at the World Bank but still, nothing! Well 9 months went by, still nothing.
At this point, I was oppressed, repressed and depressed. I stopped talking to everyone, even my poor mum. I was tired of hearing the question: “so what are you doing with yourself?” I hated that I was so dependent on people for finances (in hindsight thank God at least I had people to give me some change.) I hated that I had to wake up every morning with no purpose! I hated filling out application forms! I hated interviews! I was completely tired of everything. I would wake up crying and go to bed crying. My faith in God to give me a job was gradually nonexistent. I had 2 months to find a job, if not I had to leave.
So I asked God: you said I will be great (amongst other things) if I came to America, but here I am about to be evicted and you are not doing anything? So ladies and gentlemen, 11 months went by. I packed everything I had acquired in America for 7 years and put in one of my aunt’s containers to Nigeria. I started making plans for NYSC and gone were the dreams of making it in the USA.
I got to Nigeria, used everyone’s connection to try and get an internship at least. I got interviewed by General Managers and CEO’s, they loved my CV but none made mention of actually letting me do an internship. I was willing to work for free!!! I just wanted to do something! A year had gone by and I had done nothing with my life. So I went back to God and asked him: “what is the essence of going to good schools if I couldn’t even use the degrees?”
Out of the blues, while trying to figure out how to make it in Lagos, I got an email from someone at the World Bank in DC, USA saying he got my CV and would want me to come for an interview in 2 days. This had been 1 year and 6 months of unemployment and honestly I thought someone was playing a trick on me. I read the email like a 100 times, sent it to people to help me read it, I could not believe it! I didn’t have a valid Visa, if I did ohhhh I would have been on the first flight out if it meant begging everyone for money. So I asked God to guide me, I badly needed this. I responded to the email that I was out of country but will love to call him to speak with him. He responded almost immediately that I should not worry, he will call me. This was on a Wednesday, so my interview was scheduled for a Friday. I studied all I could on the World Bank. Now I kept both my phones in front of me, waiting for the call. Next thing, I get an email saying he tried to call me but cannot get through (stupid MTN and Etisalat!) I almost went crazy! I called him immediately after shouting at everyone in the house to go buy me credit and what not. The phone kept ringing at his end and finally he picked up and said “you could have missed me, was just about to leave” (but for the grace of God!) You can imagine that by now everything I crammed had flown out of my head. He asked me 2 questions and honestly I did not answer them well, because he corrected me a few times. I was so nervous! He then proceeded to tell me that he had not posted the job but that he is going to post it on such and such website but he will send me the steps on how to apply.
As soon as I hung up, he sent me the email. I quickly did the application. I sent him an email thanking him and telling him that I applied. I kept praying for that whole week, barely eating, I just prayed and prayed. In exactly one week, I got an email with “Congratulations!!! You have gotten such and such position and we will begin to process your papers to bring you back to the United States.”
Oh the joy!!! I got a job in the company of my dreams!!! I cannot explain how elated I was. When I got to the states and people heard my story, one lady at my job said to me “for that position, they should not have done an international hire!” What they did not know was God favored me! God chose me! That position was created for me that the glory of the Lord be made manifest! My testimony is just beginning! Greatness is still coming!!
I do not know what it is that you are going through, I do not know how long you have had to wait but know this “God is more than able to make the impossible possible!” Don’t be like me and let your faith grow weary, it took 1 year and 6 months for me to get a job and I got the job in the company of my dreams (I thought it was only possible in my dreams). God is mighty to do the same and even more for you! Do not give up! Hold on to this God that we serve! He is faithful! Remember: “it is not of him that runneth or of him that willeth but of the Lord that showeth mercy!”