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Topic: Endless (01/09/14)
TITLE: One Blessing After Another
By Trudy Newell
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Opportunities seemed endless
Energy seemed endless.
I left for Iran in 1972 desiring to do something great for the Lord. I was ready to change the world. I didnít realize that God was far more interested in changing me. Molding me into a woman after His own heart.
In January 1974 I wound up in Tehran Clinic recovering from encephalitis. When Dick and Doreen brought me to the hospital I was in convulsions and paralyzed on my left side. Dr. Tabib told Doreen all he could do was to wait for the swelling of the brain to go down. Itís a long story of Godís endless grace. I was restored to health and returned to Iran in September of the same year.
My love for the Persian people seemed endless. There were plenty of challenges, but Iran was home. With regret I admit that I never got the Farsi language very well. Yet I understood and loved the people, and learned so much from them.
I thought I would serve the Lord in Iran ďendlesslyĒ. The open doors, especially through the Bible Correspondence courses, beckoned to a lifetime of ministry.
But with the events of 1979 and the fall of the Shah, and an empire 2500 years old, that door closed. It was so sad to watch before our eyes this ancient country destroyed. (Living right next to the army barracks, I had a front row seat of the action!)
But Godís faithfulness is endless. October of 1979 I found myself in a new country, Kenya, a new ministry and a new open door. The new opportunities brought endless joy in serving Him.
I ministered among the Muslim and Hindu people in the city of Nairobi. Then in March 1993 I left Kenya and found myself in a whole new world.
Iím talking about Reading, PA, where I served at our Home office. It was difficult returning to States, broken and wounded. I went to Walmart with Jeanie just after I arrived. The choices seemed endless. Overwhelmed, I told Jeanie I had finished shopping. We walked out of the store without a purchase. It was endless adjustments to American life, and technology. In Reading I learned my way around the computer and got a taste of the modern business scene. It was a time of healing, and a time of drinking in the Word. I missed the action and involvement of front-line ministry. Yet, that time made me a better instrument in His hands. I learned lessons in faith and humility. It was hard not to be considered a missionary, because I was stateside. It was even harder when my support took a dive. I learned lessons in walking with the Lord even when I didnít understand what He is doing. The process of maturing can be very painful.
Then came England. From my time in Kenya I understood it is not practical to work with both Muslims and Hindus. Arriving in Leicester, I determined to focus on Gujarati Hindus.
For the first time I saw myself for what I was. I thought I was a good communicator, only to discover I wasnít even able to communicate with my co-workers. And they spoke English fluently!
What happened next took my breath away.
In July 1999 I met Mike Newell, a part of the short term team that was helping us with the Kidís clubs. He had been with Child Evangelism Fellowship for 30 years and had recently lost his wife. Mike was only in England 18 days, but that was long enough for the Lord to work. It was a fairy-tale romance. We got to know each other over email. We joked that God had the email invented just so we could do our courting. To make a long story short, we were married on January 8, 2000.
We returned to England together the end of August. In 2008, life again took a new direction. Through a series of events, and health issues, we found ourselves again beginning a new ministry among Hindus in Northeast, GA.
Developing friendships with our Indian friends seems an endless task. What does God have in store for us? So far it has been one blessing after the other. It will be fun to watch God work. I wanted to do a great work for the Lord, instead He has done great things for me. His blessings are endless!
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