My story begins with a biblical text and a 17 year-old young girl at a prayer meeting. While I was praying, I saw a hand giving me an open book and a voice saying:
“Be sure that the Book of the Law is always read in your worship. Study it day and night, and make sure that you obey everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. And you will work bringing this book to others.”
I knew I had read these words somewhere. I tried to find them, but the last sentence was not in the Bible. I put the experience aside, because I didn’t know what it was trying to say. At that time, I was starting to become part of this church, after having spent all my childhood in an Adventist church, and this experience was out of the ordinary for me.
I entered university when it was still very difficult for parents to allow their daughters to study. I dreamt of a professional career. At the same time, the pastor’s wife invited me to serve as a volunteer for the Bible Society while I studied.
When I graduated, now a professional young person, I wanted to earn a lot of money. I was the rst member of my family to have graduated from university, so everyone had high expectations of me.
The new Bible Society General Secretary invited me to work for the Bible Society, but I turned down the offer. I wanted to work in areas related to my studies. He insisted and asked me to at least pray and help him while I was looking for a job.
I took the time to pray. Again I saw that hand giving me a book, but this time the voice said, “You will work with this book”. I was frightened. I remembered the text in Joshua 1:8 and I said: “I am not capable of talking”. Immediately, Exodus 4:11 and 12 came to my mind.
But the Lord answered, “Who makes people able to speak or makes them deaf or unable to speak? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Don’t you know that I am the one who does these things? Now go! When you speak, I will be with you and give you the words to say.”
The next day I went and accepted the offer. That day a woman came and asked for the “young lady”. I was the only one. They called me and she said to me, “The Lord says that if you obey him, he will bless you in everything you do.” When I got home I found a telegram from a company offering me a job. This was a big temptation! I still wanted to work in my profession and earn money, but the messages were pounding in my mind. I decided to obey God, since there were no coincidences in everything that had happened.
My family did not speak to me for a month, and one of my teachers said to me, “What a waste, because you were my best student”. But today, after 35 years, I can say that the decision made was the right one. God has been faithful. I came to know the United Bible Societies’ ministry in depth and I fell in love with that mission.