God’s “Angel”

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Our sister in Christ could have been very bitter, but instead she is full of joy and thankful for what the Lord allowed to happen in her life. She is number 6 in a family of 7 siblings. When she was one year old, she contracted polio which was misdiagnosed as a high fever. As a result, she was confined to a wheel chair at a very tender age.

Her brothers and sisters attended public school, but because of her condition she attended special education and heard Bible stories when young, although she did not understand them at that time. As she grew up, she felt her parents did not love her because of her handicap. The physical challenge increased her isolation and loneliness, and as a teenager she often contemplated suicide to end it all. The only thing that held her back was her fear of pain, so she hung on.

When she was 19, she “happened” to meet our hostess in a park. Instead of the usual apathy she expected, she was very warm and friendly towards her, showering her with care and concern. For the first time in her life she felt loved and accepted, and she thought our friend was an angel sent by God to encourage her. She hoped to see her again, but for the next 6 months they did not run into each other again, even though they lived in the same neighborhood.

Then one day they “accidentally” bumped into each other. It turned out both had been thinking about the other, so they agreed to meet daily, which they continued for half a year. Although our friend is an excellent evangelist, she never applied any pressure on her, but waited patiently for her to ask about spiritual things. One day she could not contain herself anymore, so she asked, “What are you doing in Taiwan?” This opened the dialogue towards the gospel, and six months later she was ready to be baptized. She grew in the Lord and even earned 24 credit hours at a bible school. Today she is a strong and cheerful Christian, more joyful than many we know.

Circumstances do not define us, God does. How well we relate to challenges in life depend on who we are inside. If you are God’s child, strengthen yourself in the Lord (1 Sam 30:6). If you are God’s servant, be an encourager. Your action speaks louder than your words.

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