The Lord answers the prayers of His workers. Two Shepherdesses from the South Nyanza Conference share stories of God's guidance in their lives.
As I endeavor to do the Lord's work, God constantly bestows great wonders on me. Even when I am discouraged, I see His hand leading me. Such an event occurred in 1997 when my husband, Pastor Isaac Maiga, went for further studies. I stayed at home with our children.
During that time, the local church appointed me to conduct a three-week evangelistic effort. The effort was going well, and attendance was satisfactory. I felt the Lord was leading me, and I prayed that many people would come to Him through the meetings.
One day, a visitor arrived at my home. She was very sick, and she stayed with my family for several days. On Sabbath, she became seriously ill. I was scheduled to preach the Sabbath sermon, but I knew I could not leave such a sick person alone. I called my children into the patient's room, and we sang to her. We read some of God's promises from the Bible and prayed with her. Then there was a knock at the door. The Lord had sent the Health Services Supervisor to my house. This man was on his way to Musoma, the city where the patient lived. He took her home, and I was free to preach the Sabbath sermon.
My children praised the Lord for the wonderful miracle He had performed. The effort was not stopped, the Sabbath message was delivered, and, best of all, 49 people were baptized!
I look back on such experiences and think of Isaiah 41:10 (KJV). The Lords tell us not to be afraid. He says, "Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness." As Shepherdesses, we must claim the promises of God. He will be at our sides as we face the problems of this world.
Juliana D. Balula
My husband and I were sent to a primitive area where the Gospel had never been preached. We were excited about sharing the love of Jesus with others, but we were also concerned about our daughter. She is mentally and physically disabled, and we worried about her care in our new home.
When we arrived, we learned that many of the people believed in their own gods. We were in a locality where old traditions and cultures were still practiced. Only eight people in the entire district were Seventh-day Adventist Christians.
My husband and I prayed constantly. God heard our prayers. Our daughter's care was not sacrificed bythe move. We held numerous gospel crusades, and my husband continually visited the people of the district. Many people were brought to Christ. We now have five churches with over 600 members. Praise God for His blessings.