After 5 years of praying, trusting and believing God that one day I will be able to say shukran doha and bienvenue vancouver.. the day that the Lord selected for me to say this was last November 22,2016.
Before I was able to hopped in the plane and get my boarding ticket, let me just share how did I survived the last few stages of struggles before reaping the answer to my prayers.
Here’s a backstory of my application to canada for immigration:
In 2013, I applied for FSWP but file got lost and returned late , hence lost the chance to move to canada. I just surrendered everything to God when that had happened but a lot of tears were shed that very moment I learned that I lost the chance to move.
It was December 2014, when I got engaged and on the 18th of October 2015, we finally tied the knot.
Fast forward to February 2016, my husband and I prepared all the necessary documents for our application, that time we need to complete all our forms and documents which includes police clearance from the country I am residing that time which is Qatar and NBI clearance from Philippines then I also had a medical exam taken in Gulf Laboratory & X-Ray in Doha. After completing all the necessary documents needed for our application, I lay hands on my papers and send it to my husband and from vancouver he sent it to the office processing it.
We first received an acknowledgment email confirming that our papers were received and currently processed around March 2016. We also scan and send an email for an updated copy of my passport to CIC and we just received an acknowledgement email that they received our application. We also received an email that the file is now moved to CIC Manila for processing. It was then a complete silence from the CIC. But we just cover in prayer our papers and there were struggles along the application but God gave us the strength and courage to hold on to his promise. That time I also joined a group in facebook for sponsorship 2016 for Manila, I met and chat with few people there and found one friend there her name is Gen, i instantly felt the connection not only because we filled on the same month feb 2016 but the fact that both of us are believers and trust God for our applications. We both encourage each other and prayed for each days that passed that one day we will received an email asking for our passport for stamping of our residency.
During my devotional time in corniche I saw a boat in the sea then I receive a special bible verse specifically mentioning:
One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out.- Luke 8:22
Then I saw the Doha skyline while doing my devotional and God spoke to me thru this verse:
For the revelation awaits an appointed time;
it speaks of the end
and it will not prove false.
Though it Linger,wait for it,
it will surely come
and will not delay- Habbakkuk 2:3
It was the last week of September when I received an email asking for my passport for stamping of my spousal visa. Indeed the Lord heard my cry and plea. During that time I am torn between sending my passport to VFS Manila or VFS Qatar which then will send it to Abu Dhabi for stamping. I seek again the Lord thru prayers and God directed me to send my passport to the VFS. I received my passport and confirmation papers for my residency here in canada end of October 2016. During that time I already filed for my resignation.
The Lord was so gracious to me and heard my prayers and I thanked him despite some struggles during my resignation which includes cutting off of some of the benefits like airline ticket payment has been removed from my back pay. I still trust the Lord that he will provide for me financially and hold on to his promise with this bible verse:
Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.-Exodus 14:13
It was Nov 22 2016 when I boarded my flight from Doha to Hongkong and Hongkong to Vancouver. Indeed the Lord provided me his word as a lamp on my feet to guide me all throughout this journey… now I can trully say :
SHUKRAN Doha and BIENVENUE Vancouver
When I stepped on vancouver airport, I declared the following verse in bold faith:
I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses.– Joshua 1:3
Thank You Abba Father