Bring Brad Home From South Africa

One moment we're honeymooning and the next my new husband is plucked from my arms and swept away into the back rooms of the airport.⠀

What I thought would be a few routine questions from security turned into 6 hours of waiting and praying I’d get to see my husband again. Every time the security doors opened, my eyes widened as I quietly whispered, "please be Brad, please be Brad..." only to be disappointed by an unfamiliar face freely leaving the secured area.

Although the security officers were kind, their words were like daggers to my heart as they started with, “I’ve got some bad news…" followed by, “Your husband is going back to South Africa” and finished with a whole lot of details I’m sure I should remember but can’t seem to recollect.⠀

Unfortunately, I never did get to see Brad before he was put on a plane back to South Africa. And as of today, our reality is living in separate countries until I’m able to successfully petition for Brad to return to America with his new visa status as my spouse.

Our life together feels very much like a giant question mark. There's a whole lot that we don't know. And none of this is going according to our plans. But thankfully God is not surprised by the details of our reality and His plan is perfectly in place over us. ⠀

As so many people have graciously reached out about how to help, we want to be honest with one of our most vulnerable needs in this season.

Between the costs of immigration petitions, legal representation needed, and flights to and from South Africa, we are praying God will financially provide in an incredible way.

If you are able to financially participate in bringing Brad home, we would be so grateful for your contribution.

Thank you to everyone who has reached out with prayers and suggestions for our next steps in this immigration process. God has been so good to us. And we're continuing to pray for Brad's expedited and seamless return. We hope you'll share and follow along with our adventure here.

Paige Straarup


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Paige Straarup 
Charlotte, NC
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