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October 13th, 2004
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How enlightening.....!

At my Christian fellowship today, I met this Austrian girl there named Annette. The whole time there, Annette shared her story about her missionary family and the choices she has made in her life.

When Annette was 4 or 5, she said she made the decision to come to Christ and became a Christian. At the age of 8, she confirmed that decision to follow God. Throughout this time, she talked of her childhood and how she was raised in Vienna, Austria.

At 16, she made the decision to give all of her self to God. She mentioned how she got baptized at a Evangelical church over there. When she got baptized, she had to share her whole testimony story with how she got saved to the whole church. She shared this story in German.

Throughout her life, she mentioned how she stayed at many different families that would allow their family to stay there. She also graduated at an Austrian high school.

When she was in her country, someone from Indianapolis, Indiana was there and asked her what she wanted to major in. She mentioned how she liked Language, Science, and Art. With that, she chose Science and attended Iowa U and a Wesleyan College to study Biology. Taking all these classes, she didn't know why she was taking those classes. She asked God why she is spending all this time on these classes.

With that, she read in the gospels about people getting their sight restored. She also read in 1 Corinthians 12:12-20 and found that God wanted her to pursue Optometry. Years later, she got a Ph.D. in Optometry, making her an eye doctor. She is currently 29.

Annette mentions how she writes down notes of different Bible verses every time an event happens in her life. Her sister lives in the mountains in southern India, working as a missionary.

She mentioned to us that if we seek God with all our heart, He will be there for us. He may not show us the whole plan, but He reveals certain things to us. She also read Jeremiah 29:11-14.

The one other thing that I found out that is worth telling is that she teaches other women in Sunday school at her church.

There is so much more about her that I learned, but I'll just stop at this. I really admired her strong passion for God and I found that meeting enlightening......

Current Mood: surprisedenlightened
Current Music: Chrono Trigger - Corridor of Time

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From:arashel
Date:October 14th, 2004 04:24 am (UTC)
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Thank you for sharing this, her story really touched me, like it was being spoken directly to me personally, especially after all the trials of the last three days, I feel like God is trying to say something to me in what you shared about this woman's life, strange how that sounds...it kind of feels like a reward or gift from God directly to me. I need to ponder on this now! ^^

I was saved as well around 5, didn't know much because I was a kid but I jumped up and this woman came out of nowhere and took me down to get saved--was so long ago but we grew up in a Christian home...after going through some rough teenage years (yeah I rebelled a few times along the way) I started to go church when I was in my late teens but not until a year ago did God open my eyes too to start "following" Him and did I understand things I never did before.

Her story has inspired me, because I've been wondering about my time in school too--like I have no clue what I want to do or which direction God is going to take me in, but I'm going to keep on going and not give up, who knows what God could do with my life, I want him to use it for whatever purpose He has and its so easy to get discouraged along the way when you have no clue or nothing is happening. In the past I've always given up but God has been by my side all the way, encouraging me, like now.

I'm going to start writing down reverses an event happens in my life too. Like today I was reading these psalms. Should make a seperate journal for that.
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From:writersdream07
Date:October 14th, 2004 11:59 am (UTC)
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It was a good story for Annette to share with the group. My former math instructor, Jerry (The one that leads the fellowship meetings) knew about Annette and wanted to invite her to fellowship. If we had all the time in the world, I'm pretty sure that she would have easily talked to us for hours about her earlier days, living with her missionary family and some more success stories in her life.
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