I married a Nigerian; it is the best thing that happend to me – (A story of triumph through adversity)
I would wake up and cry and go to bed and cry, until I learned to allow God to comfort me through his word and I gave my life fully to him. I used to think that Nigeria was the worst thing that could have ever happened to me, but later discovered that it was the best thing. It was all part of God’s plan for me to come to Nigeria. A prime example of how God reaches us through our circumstances.
I continued to stay because I wanted a different life for my children. I came from a dysfunctional childhood and a broken home. I wanted to break the chains in my generation of divorce. (My mother was married five times and my father was married three times.)
Neither one of them were educated, so I decided that I had to change that area of my life as well unless I wanted my family to continue to uneducated. I have been studying online since 2008, pressing on regardless of the inconsistency of electricity and internet.
I could have easily chosen to go back to America, where I would have all of the comforts and luxuries, but I knew that one day I would regret it. I had to decide which is more important. I have to admit that even today it is still not easy living in Nigeria, but I know what the future holds.
I don’t claim to better than the next person. I just hope my story encourages others. I wouldn’t change
this experience for the world! I grew to love Nigeria!
Crystal is from Bauxite, Arkansas
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