• Johnny Reunites Mother and Son in London

  • 2 October 2012 by 0 Comments

Johnny was thrilled to be part of a life-changing moment today. At 11 a.m. in London, he reunited a Zimbabwe mother with her son.

Four years ago, Michele Klassen, a Zimbabwe mother, wanted a better life for her son, Reece. 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 Johnny at a conference in Zimbabwe. Although Johnny is based in Dallas, many of you know that he travels all over the world sharing his “from the ‘hood to doing good” story of how he went from being a gun-toting, drug-selling hoodlum to a successful international speaker.

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

Michele got a personal audience with Johnny and shared her story with him, and of course, Johnny 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, Johnny funded the reunion, which was 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 reunion was joyful and full of tears and hugs. This is just one example of how Johnny “pays it forward” by helping others.

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