Mission Accomplished

I am cheating a bit this month, as I am using a post written almost exactly 3 years ago…please see post script at the end.

Thursday~ June 19, 2008  "A Fresh Start"

Here we were, driving east, across Nebraska, for about the 41st time in the past 20 years. I thought about the first time we had driven this stretch of I-80, but heading west instead. We were newly married, heading to Denver and a new life 900 miles from what had been home. It was a fresh start for us…a new opportunity.

To my left sat my husband, most likely travel weary, just flying in the day before yesterday from a whirlwind business trip to Germany and India. I laughed to myself about the movie “Planes, Trains and Automobiles.” Except this version was “Planes, Trains and U-Haul Moving Trucks.” To my right sat Mahkameh Ghadimi. It was difficult to imagine that it had been almost 3 and a half years since she came into our lives. That was certainly a day to remember…Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch out Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and Your right hand will save me. Psalm 128:7

Mahkameh had come a long way since then. She was no longer the timid young woman, beaten down in spirit. She was full of energy and confidence, heading towards her new life. She had worked hard these past 3 years, having 2 jobs at times and studying many hours in order to take the required medical exams. She had come to the US newly married, having worked as a medical doctor in Iran. But years of mental abuse, dishonestly and mistrust which led to a failed marriage had taken its toll on her. I thought back to the time spent at attorneys’ offices and immigration centers. It had certainly been a journey. She had more patience than anyone I knew…Therefore, be patient brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. You also be patient. James 5:7-8

I thought about the kids, at the same time on their mission trip to Mississippi…”doing work for Jesus” as the trip motto went. It seemed strange making this trip without them, as we were usually heading to visit family in Illinois when we were on this highway. Maybe we too, were “doing work for Jesus,” moving our friend across the country to start her medical residency. I realized how full my heart felt. God had truly blessed us when he brought Mahkameh into our lives that cold January afternoon! I have learned many things from her-hope, patience, gratitude, faith. And the journey continues…

Just 3 weeks prior, she had become a U.S. citizen. Here she was, heading to Minneapolis and a new life 900 miles from what had been her home. It was a fresh start for her…a new opportunity. We were lucky to be along for the ride. I asked her if she was worried about anything. Her response…yes, that she might not get registered in time to vote in the November election and that Minneapolis winters might be too cold for her.
Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Matthew 6:34

Thank you, Gracious God, for blessing our lives with Dr. Mahkameh Ghadimi! Thank you for fresh starts, new opportunities and uneventful 900 mile trips in U-Haul trucks!

P.S... Mo and I traveled to Minneapolis two weeks ago to celebrate Mahkameh’s graduation from the family medicine residency program at Hennapin County Medical Center. The past 3 years have flown by! She was so excited that evening, like a kid on Christmas morning! We met her parents for the first time, as they were able to visit from Iran. They were beaming with pride, at the accomplishments of their daughter. God is good! And this is one determined, hard-working young woman!

  Andrea Heshmati


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1. Julie wrote:
Thank-you Andrea for sharing "The rest of the story"! What a blessing it is indeed to Be Used by Jesus to support and encourage one of His Children!

Wed, June 22, 2011 @ 8:16 AM

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