It had been a discouraging day as I canvassed businesses. I stopped in a parking lot to pray, and …
Grabbing hold of the door handle of a small town business, I sent up a quick prayer. It had not been a good morning. No one wanted to talk or listen, and most of the businesses had asked me to leave. Thoughts of giving up started to seep in, but I was determined that God had something special in store for me. Mustering up my courage, I pushed the door open and walked inside.
As soon as I walked in, I was greeted by the loveliest elderly couple. They invited me to sit down, and before I could even start to talk, I was bombarded with a barrage of questions: “What are you doing? Where are you from? What faith are you? What do you believe?” We found out that we had many things in common, like being from the same country, and we were able to exchange words in our native tongue. They were even acquainted with the family I was staying with! Although they were attending a Methodist church, they were both studying the Scriptures and had recently started looking into Seventh-day Adventist beliefs.
I had walked in at the right time. They looked through all the books I offered, struggling over which to pick. I was so happy when they chose Bible Answers and The Great Controversy! This experience taught me that God can take any negative circumstance and turn it into the most beautiful blessing. – Lidia Sobor, Christian Secondary Education, Australia
It had been a discouraging day as I canvassed businesses. I stopped in a parking lot to pray, and as soon as I opened my eyes, I saw Greg. I approached him and canvassed him, and he invited me into his car dealership.
His wife seemed apprehensive and uninterested, but Greg was determined to help me. He chose some books, then wrote me a generous check.
When I asked if I could pray for them, Greg’s wife’s apprehension melted as she asked me to pray for her daughter. As soon as I finished the prayer, she grabbed me in a teary-eyed hug, her burden relieved, and Greg gave me another donation in gratitude.
It was truly a blessed experience, and as I left I stopped again to pray, but this time it was to praise God. – Vernal Roseval, Christian Elementary Education, USA
The one life-changing lesson God seems to be consistently teaching me is trusting in Him. One such experience happened while canvassing in Michigan.
I met a lady who seemed genuinely interested in the cookbook and Peace Above the Storm (also known as Steps to Christ). “I need to go to the bank to get the money,” she told me. “Are you going to be here for long?” I said I would, and that I would wait for her. Recalling the testimony of one of my leaders who had been in a similar situation, I let her take the books as an incentive to come back with the money. Unfortunately, she never returned, and I was “in the hole.” My leader came to pray with me and encourage me, and I continued canvassing, clinging to God’s promises to supply my needs.
By evening, I was still “in the hole.” Yet, I knew the Lord was going to bless, and I pressed forward with urgency. I wanted to receive my blessing!
That blessing came in the form of a young mother. After I shared the books with her and talked a bit about what I’m studying, she asked, “How much are the books?” I gave her a broad range of $30-$100, praying that God would soften her heart and impress her to give generously. When she handed me a $100 bill, I was flabbergasted. I tried to give her more books, but she politely declined. “I would just like to have these two. The rest of the money is for your schooling.”
As I left her house, my heart overflowed with joy and my eyes with tears. Once again the Lord had shown me that “blessed is the man that trusteth in Him.” Psalm 34:8.
– Daniel Raullerson, Health Ministry, USA