Dear Friends in Christ, I work for a MNC in Chennai. I had this desire to visit USA at least once. In 2014, I had the opportunity to travel but that was stalled due to budget issues. Again, towards the end of 2014, I was offered an opportunity to travel for 6 months but I had to reject it since my wife was conceived for the second time, the first being a miscarriage. I took this tough call after Jesus prompted me to do so during a fellowship meeting at Church. So now, the management was not happy with my decision, rightly so, because no one ever rejects offer to travel to USA! I just cannot ask for another opportunity.
I just prayed to Jesus to lead me and continued with my work.
You must have heard about CSR – Corporate Social Responsibility in your organizations. Similarly, our organization had one too. I was just an ordinary volunteer. I did what I can during my spare time and also encouraged many volunteers to give their time back to the community at large.
In Oct 2016, I got an email stating that I had won the Global Volunteer Award and a citation would be given to me by the CEO of the company in the headquarters in NYC. Initially I thought this was not going to happen because I had to be in USA by December 1st week and I did not have B1/B2 visa required for the travel. So, the company processed the VISA and I was all set for the VISA interview. Remember those were “Trump” days and B1 visas were rejected very frequently unless it was for a business purpose that cannot be avoided. The VISA desk in my office was helping me prepare for the interview. They said “Don’t tell anything about the award. Just tell them that you are going for a business meeting”. This did not go well with me. I decided if I had to go, I will tell the truth and go. The only purpose was to meet the CEO and receive the award.
So, the interview day had come and I was lined up before the counter. Many B1/B2 visas were rejected that day. I just hoped in Jesus. My turn came up. The US VISA representative quizzed me about the purpose of my visit. I instantly told him that I’m getting and award from the CEO of my company so my presence is required there. The VISA representative congratulated me and asked a series of other questions related to my work, family and salary. He took a blue form (221g I guess). This form was being handed over to the rejected candidates for any kind of clarification. I just cannot afford this because there would be a delay in VISA stamping. He was about to hand over the form to me but suddenly took it back saying he needed to hold my passport. He did not verify even one of the documents I had taken with me. I took leave but was totally confused whether he will approve the VISA.
Jesus told me very clearly. It is HE who approves the travel not the VISA guys!
As assured by my God, I received the stamping in the next 2 days. I was so thrilled I shared with all my friends, relatives, my fellowship members and church. The travel was taken care entirely by my company and I was privileged to travel in BUSINESS CLASS in Qatar Airways! Many who heard this were so amazed at what Jesus was doing in my life.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us. (Ephesians 3:20)
Yes, it’s Jesus who did this and I had a safe and comfortable journey.
I had the unique opportunity to meet the CEO of my company along with the board members. In fact I had the opportunity to meet my US counterparts in New Jersey and also my relatives in Pennsylvania and Baltimore. The entire journey was like a dream come true and I truly thank JESUS for his blessings.
This is a testimony from an IT employee working in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.