UNIMAGINABLE RECONCILIATION – DEPORTEE MEETS FAMILY OF HIS DEAD BABY’S MOTHER

Mr Valentine Abazie seeking greener pastures, decided to travel to Libya in order to cross over to Europe. Getting to the North African Nation, he did not have enough funds to cross over the Mediterranean Sea, so he decided to start working to raise the capital. During his stay there, he met a woman, also from Nigeria and they started a relationship. The lady used to communicate to her family in Nigeria through his phone and she had told them about him.

One day, the lady was taken to the shore to cross over in a boat. Valentine said he would see her in Italy and they would start their lives there as a couple. However, her boat capsized and she was only lucky to survive the shipwreck. When she got back to land, she found Valentine and the two started living together. As their relationship continued, the lady became pregnant for him. When she got to six months pregnant, they wanted to cross but the weather was so bad, the traffickers said it was too dangerous for them to try and they had to wait.

When the lady was eight months pregnant, her time came to deliver but not being a legal citizen in Libya, she had not access to proper medical care and eventually spent three agonizing days in labour before Valentine was able to contact the traffickers who helped take her to hospital. The doctors said she had to deliver the baby by operation and she was taken to the theatre. Tragically, she never made it out of the theatre. With her dying breath, the last thing she did was behold the face of her son for the first and last time.

Heartbroken and confused at hearing the news, Valentine didn’t know what to do next and began to struggle to get help to take care of his new baby as the body of his girlfriend was taken to the mortuary pending funds for a burial. He met another lady named Cherish, who helped him take care of the newborn baby. Not long afterwards, Valentine and Cherish were arrested and with no documents to prove themselves, were taken to prison and finally, deported back to Nigeria.

Not knowing who to turn to or where else to go for help, Valentine came to The SCOAN to seek for solace, having heard how the man of God and the church had been taking care of deportees from different countries. Arriving at The SCOAN, he was part of the group of deportees that were given 2.2 million naira by T.B. Joshua and the Emmanuel TV Partners that week to establish themselves and help them to go home and start their lives over. There, Valentine shared his problem to the open ears of the evangelists. When the information got to Prophet T.B. Joshua, the man of God took action and by the grace of God was able to locate the mother of the lady who died in Libya, inviting her to The SCOAN. Mrs Esther Okonkwo and her younger daughter Chinonso came forward to meet Valentine and the baby. This was the first time Valentine had seen the mother and sibling of the mother of his baby. Mrs Esther Okonkwo, stooped to pick up the handsome baby boy from the arms of the girl who had been helping Valentine care for him and sat down weeping softly. She said that when her daughter told her she wanted to travel, she had told her to wait as she didn’t have the money to pay for her to go. She thought her words had been heard but it turned out they only fell on deaf ears as a few weeks later, she received a call from the same daughter that she had already arrived in Libya.

Over a year later, her daughter was still in Libya, saying that she needed money to be able to cross the sea to Europe. Mrs Okonkwo advised her daughter to come back home if she was not able to cross but once again, her advice went unheeded.

Later the girl’s mother found out that she had met a man in Libya whom her daughter wanted to marry but before she knew it, the sad news of her daughter’s passing came to her bewildered ears. After that, she noticed that she no longer received communication from Valentine who used to contact her from time to time and began to wonder how she would go about seeing her baby’s daughter. Out of the blue, she received a call asking her if she knew a man called Valentine. When she replied that she had spoken to him on the phone but never met, the caller let her know that he had come to The SCOAN and that Prophet T.B. Joshua was inviting her to come to the church to meet him. That was how God Almighty made what seemed impossible possible in the life of this family.

Miss Cherish, the lady who had helped Valentine to take care of his baby in Libya narrated her story as a deportee. The 25-year-old graduate of Science in the University of Delta State revealed that when her brother told her he was taking nine people to Libya to travel overseas, she told her parents she was going and followed them on the journey. She had just submitted her final project but didn’t even wait for the results to come out before embarking on her trip. Unfortunately for her, as with most who travel illegally to other countries, life became very tough for her and she too was unable to cross over to Europe. Her time in Libya finally landing her pregnant before she too was arrested, put in prison and deported. Today, she has no idea where the father of her baby is and lamented that she never believed her life could wind up like this.

The lessons learnt by the deportees sounded a uniform word of advice: In life, wait for God’s time and do things in God’s way if you don’t want to end in bitterness, pain and frustration. After hearing the harrowing case, the evangelists made a reassuring proclamation that Prophet T.B. Joshua was going to meet the family and God who had used him to bring them together would take care of the families in the name of Jesus Christ.

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