"The officer was about to send me back"
"Free to fulfill the purpose of our lives in the United States of America"The Tennessean published this story by Maria Pervatt, a new U.S. citizen from Costa Rica, in which she describes her immigration back to Gallatin and subsequent citizenship process. A harrowing close call is tucked in there:
The officer was about to send me back to Costa Rica, but was moved by my children's words, saying "We are Americans, and she is our mother."Photo by Daniel Lobo. Licensed under Creative Commons.
Months later I got to return to my home sweet home in Gallatin, a place where I lived for years and had sold before I went back to Costa Rica. From here I continue working with my nephew's ministry, arranging meetings for him to spread the gospel worldwide and whose testimony is impacting today's youth.
This fourth of July, I got my own personal gift, freedom to travel as I finally received my own beautiful American passport.
Now the next time my girls and I will make that one stop at any immigration office, we all will be proud to say we are citizens of a nation under God and proud to be free to fulfill the purpose of our lives in the United States of America.