I am so thankful that my sweet daughter in Jesus-Temi- agreed to let me interview her for my Let Their Voices Be Heard series. Temi shared her story with us during a blogger chat and I was so impressed I told her that I wanted to adopt her. I won’t tell you her story. As she answers the questions-unedited- you will learn more about her.
Temi’s blog is christianmommas.com. It is a wonderfull blog where she shares about being a mom, her faith and more. Temi is also an author of the book A Christian Mothers Creed.
- Have you experienced discrimnation because you immigrated to the U.S.?
How did you deal with it?
I would like to thank papa Matt for the opportunity to share my story, journey, and experience with you all. If discrimination means being made to feel like an outsider, then yes I have and I still experience discrimination.
Sadly, my most recent experience with racial/immigration discrimination happened in my local church.
A guest minister called out people for prayer and I went just because my spouse asked me to. When the guest minister looked at me, he said “you are not from here”. I replied, “I live here”. He went on to ask where I lived before moving here, I said “Germany”. I had just moved back to the U.S. after living in Germany for four years. Military service took me to Germany.
The guest minister went on to ask where I lived before moving to Germany. I lived in Texas before moving to Germany but I did not tell him because it suddenly dawned on me that he wanted to know where I was born. So, I told him I was from Nigeria.
I thought there was going to be a correlation between my medical condition and his persistence about knowing where I was born. There was no correlation. I came for prayer only to be unnecessarily probed about where I immigrated from. Even worse, the minister did not address the medical condition I came to receive prayer for.
I was wearing an African print dress, so I was not ashamed to be associated with Africa. However, being told “you are not from here” was not necessary. Is it impossible to be African-German or simply be an American wearing an African print dress? In the world of that guest minister, maybe not.
Honestly, I was offended and wanted to quit attending my newly found church. However, I forgave the guest minister for my own sake. His action was rooted in ignorance and I realized the enemy was trying to hinder my prayers with the spirit of offense. I still attend my local church and I am glad I did not leave. God wanted my family to be established there, but the enemy did not want it to happen. The ability to analyze situations and human behavior from a spiritual perspective makes it easy to forgive.
Spiritually, discrimination is designed to sow seeds of bitterness, hate, unforgiveness, and rejection. When we allow these seeds to grow, we become victims of discrimination. When we see dont allow these seeds to grow, we defeat everything discrimination is truly designed to accomplish.
My prayer is that we will all be like Jesus, the one who is rich in love and mercy. He prayed for the forgiveness of those who mocked and crucified him (Luke 23:34). Some may say it was easy for Jesus to forgive because he was “Jesus”. In Acts 7:58-60, Stephen asked God to forgive those who were stoning him to death. The Holy Spirit in Stephen gave him the extraordinary ability to forgive. That same Spirit is ready to help us forgive, see through the eyes of love and compassion. We can forgive those who offend and hate us by asking God to help us.
Thank you for reading. God Bless