I’ve been home (Ghana) for a little over 3 months now – that’s 6 weeks longer than I planned. Although this shouldn’t have come as a surprise given my track record, I was convinced that this time things will go according to plan. So, I packed a holiday bag and left the room in my apartment intact and hopped on a plane (technically a bus and 2 planes) to come home. Although I was not thrilled with the circumstances which led to my coming home, I was excited to be able to spend time with my family (I hadn’t seen them in over 2 years) and catch up with some of my closest friends. My goals for this trip were relax, spend time with family and friends and have clothes made from Ghanaian fabric (I was determined to go back to Portland with an enviable wardrobe 😉).
About halfway into my holiday, I found out I was going to be home much longer than I had anticipated – 7 months (if things work out). Why? The original petition for my work visa got denied (the one that was submitted last year) and the appeal that was filed eventually got dismissed (after more than 6 months of waiting) AND the new petition (the reason why I was sure I would only be home for 6 weeks, 8 weeks tops) couldn’t be filed. BUT all hope wasn’t lost, a different petition would be filed (but it would go through a lottery and my application would have to be selected) and if successful, I’ll be able to go back to work starting October 1st.
Although I was saddened when I got the news, I wasn’t surprised. Not to sound cynical but given the year I’ve had, I’ve almost gotten used to getting disappointing news. Now that I’m going to be home for much longer than I anticipated, what do I do? Well one thing is for certain, I need a job. Like yesterday. Question was: do I limit myself to temporary opportunities or do I consider all options and see where life takes me? I decided to take the latter approach because God works in mysterious ways and I have to believe that the extension of my stay here in Ghana is for a specific purpose. Do I know what that is? Nope, I have no clue. Does it matter? Probably. But chances are I might not know what it is for a long time so there’s no point in dwelling on it. However, I do know that all things work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose (Rom 8:28). Fortunately, since I have been blessed with the most amazing friends in the world, I have been able to make new friends and connections who are helping me navigate the job market in Ghana. Since I’ve been gone for so long, I certainly need all the help I can get. So, my days are spent filling out job applications and watching Spanish-language telenovelas and Indian tv shows (dubbed in English of course). I’m trusting that one of these days I’ll get some good news, which is long overdue. Until then, I will submit as many job applications as I can, I will make new connections and network till my cheeks hurt from smiling and I will keep praying for favor, breakthroughs, miracles. Things will get better. Soon.