Coming (back) to America

Happy Memorial Day to you.

Memorial Day is celebrated in the United States on the last day of May. It honors men and women who have died while serving in the military. The link takes you to a website you can get more information about what Memorial Day is about.

Memorial Day or the weekend is special to me because this is the weekend, my brother and I came back to the United States over a decade ago.

In this episode, I share a bit about how God provided for my brother and I to come back, how we started classes and a bit about where we are today. I also share how I was so homesick, I would call directly to Nigeria with my dorm room phone. I remember paying $900 for a phone bill. My brother and I had money to cover for that expense but we told ourselves, we did not want to keep spending money like that. We worked in the cafeteria and did odd jobs. A Japanese student-Akira- introduced us to phone cards and saved our wallets from such expenses. Our phone bill went from $900 to $400 to $50 dollars. Today if I call, I use Boss Revolution app on my phone and it saves me lots of money.

I recall going to sit with the C.E.S.L (Center for English as a Second Language) coordinator because she was the only person I knew then and she was kind to introduce me to other Nigerian students, and later we met other International students. We did not have to be in the C.E.S.L program and so we had to register for classes.

Our paperwork from the Nigerian colleges we attended did not arrive on time so we registered for classes and started from scratch. It was rough! I flunked chemistry because I mixed up the chemical names. I told the professor, I needed to pass the class and he made me sit in front of the class. I aced the class and did not have to mix up Sulpuric Acid with Tetraoxosulphate 6….

To summarize, God has been faithful to us. He brought us when we had no idea how we were going to come back, He provided, protected and cared for us and today, I remember His faithfulness.

This is my Memorial Day weekend memory! To all my listeners who lost family, friends or loved ones- my heart goes out to you. Thank you for their service and a Happy Memorial Day to you.

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