-- The Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776
What does any of this have to do with Ren? Well, the most emotional day for me in China, was not the day I met her. It was the day Tyson and I took an oath on her behalf for her to become an American citizen. I could barely utter the words. Even though we took the oath a few days before coming home, she wasn't technically a US citizen until she landed on US soil. Though I was a little sad that she "officailly" became a citzen above the mason-dixon line, (just kidding), it was very emotional to see her waving her American flag through immigration in the Detroit airport. It wasn't just that she was becoming an American, but all that it meant for her. Her life would never ever be the same. Though she will always be a "Chinese American", she will never have to worry about being abandoned again. She will grow up where public education is a right for all children. She will grow up with the freedom to Praise our Lord openly and unapologetically. She is free to be who God created her to be. Our prayer is one of thanksgiving that Ren's physical citizenship has changed, but we also pray that she will fall in love with Jesus, and become a citizen of Heaven.
|Ren entering the US Consulate as a citizen of The People's Republic of China|
Ren leaving the US consulate as a citizen of The United States, "Almost"
America's newest citizens! Watch out!
She's a citizen!
Home in Georgia!