Family Reunited After 6 Years Apart
Published: May 15, 2008 | 7041st good news item since 2003
A family is finally reunited after spending six years half the world away from each other. We first told you about Joseph Shaka’s family in October right here on Channel Six News. He’s a pastor from Nigeria who moved to Wichita Falls to make a better life for his family.
He was randomly selected in 2001 for a visa lottery to the states. He wanted to bring his wife and five children with him from Nigeria, but getting their visa approved and coming up with the money took some time.
“A tormented time,” Joseph said.
Last Wednesday the children finally got a chance to put their arms around their Father again.
“Seeing my dad again is the greatest thing,” his oldest daughter, 14 year old Blessing Shaka said, “We are here now, we are very happy to be with him.”
Lynda Myracle is a missionary who sponsored the Shaka’s. Along with the community’s help, Myrcle said Congressman Mac Thornberry’s office assisted with the immigration process and worked with the embassies.
“They have worked with this family for a little over 2 years and were really instrumental in getting them here,” She said.
Six years of ups and a lot of downs of separation was worth their happiness today.
“We have finally made it. They are here right now since Wednesday. We’ve been enjoying ourselves. Thank you, Thank you. We are grateful,” Joseph said.
The next step is getting the children ready for the 2008-2009 school year.