It was the year after high school. Garth really liked Fiona. There was a "problem" though. During their courtship, God called Garth into full time missions. So with great trepidation, he sat down to write Fiona a letter. At the time she was in Thailand as an exchange student. So, he wrote this monumental letter, confessing his missionary calling and wondering how it would impact this relationship he cherished so dearly. Little did he know, Fiona, sitting in Thailand, was doing the exact same thing! Their letters crossed paths mid-air and a great sigh of joyful relief was expressed on the two continents – Africa and Asia!
Brought together by divine scripting, Garth and Fiona, along with their two children, have been in West Africa for the past six years. We caught up with them recently and asked them a few questions.
A listener from Eritrea writes:
"I am the second of seven children and am turning 17 soon. My dad works to earn a living for the family. Mom stays at home to take care of the house and the children. It is hard to stretch Dad's earnings to meet our needs. He also had the habit of spending time and money with his friends after work. This made the problems we had even worse, and life for us was so miserable and full of suffering and difficulties.
A woman in Mozambique shares how a Project Hannah prayer group changed her life:
"I am 45 years old. When I was 18 years old I had my son, but my husband did not want to stay with us. I do not have the same financial problems as my sisters in this group. I have a good job. I've been a teacher since I was 23. I did something very bad, though, which destroyed someone's family. I stole someone's husband.
A young man in Ethiopia recently sent us a letter testifying that God's love can reach beyond both physical and spiritual bars. He writes:
"I am 27 years old and am writing this letter to share my experiences and testify to the changes that took place in my life while I was confined in a prison.
"I praise God who enabled me to give my testimony for the new life and new way I am experiencing," writes a listener from Eritrea.
"I was brought up in a God-fearing family and learned Christian manners and ethics in my early childhood, but in my teenage years I was totally lost. Like the Prodigal Son mentioned in the Bible, I was immersed in all immoral and evil things: getting drunk; committing adultery; smoking; fighting; mocking and disrespecting old people, and so on. The list could be much longer. But doing these things was not giving me any satisfaction.