Teenage Son to Have Surprise Reunion with His Mother after Four Year Separation

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U.S.-Based Speaker Johnny Wimbrey Arranges to Reunite a Zimbabwe Mother with her UK-based Son on Tuesday, October 2 in London

I posted on Facebook that attending Johnny Wimbrey's seminar was going to change my life. I just never realized how big that change would be.

Four years ago, Michele, a Zimbabwe mother, wanted a better life for her son. Since the political climate in Zimbabwe was unstable, her parents immigrated to the UK under an ancestry visa. Unfortunately, Michele didn’t qualify. The only way to give her son a better life was to have her parents adopt him. She agreed to the adoption, thinking she could go to London as an individual and still be his mother in every way that mattered.

For two years, things worked out smoothly, as the entire extended family was able to be together in London. Then Michele’s visa ran out. She had tried to petition political organizations, human rights groups, local MPs and immigration lawyers, but they all pointed out that her parents’ immigration status would be jeopardized if she pushed to stay. As any good mother would, she gave up her own happiness for the future of her son and returned to Zimbabwe.

The separation has been unbearable for both mother and son. In a recent Skype chat, Michele was trying to help her son with his studies from afar, but he was struggling to focus. He said, “I have to live without you. Isn’t that enough?”

Michele knew she had to do something to see her son again. She met international speaker and best-selling author at a conference in Zimbabwe. Although Wimbrey is based in Dallas, he travels all over the world sharing his “from the ‘hood to doing good” story. He went from being a gun-toting, drug-selling hoodlum to a successful international speaker.

Michele bought a ticket to Wimbrey’s seminar as a birthday present for herself. According to Michele, “I posted on Facebook that attending Johnny Wimbrey's seminar was going to change my life. I just never realized then how big that change would be.”

Michele got a personal audience with Wimbrey and shared her story with him. Wimbrey related to Michele’s pain. As a child, his mother had put him on a plane and told him she would see him again in two weeks. He didn’t see her again for over three years.

Because Michele’s finances have been drained in a multi-continent political battle for her son, Wimbrey is funding the reunion, which is a surprise to Michele’s son. “The last time my son saw me, he was 12 years old and watched me go to pieces when I had to say goodbye,” says Michele. “I can’t wait to see the look on his face when he sees me again on Tuesday.”

The name of Michele’s son is being withheld to ensure the surprise is not leaked. They will be reunited in London on Tuesday, October 2, at St. Paul’s Catholic College in Surrey. For specific details of the reunion, please contact Melissa Darnay in Dallas at 469-231-1000 or melissa(at)markizzle.com.

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