I was sharing the story of our experience with the pastor in Japan with our educational pastor and how gifting had opened up such a rich experience, when he suddenly said, You need to be teaching your book to our people, and then added this fall. It was so sudden and unexpected yet somehow I knew that this also was from the Lord so I agreed and the time was set.
I had no basis on what to expect or how many would attend. As the class began there were about 15 that showed up that first night and it grew several more during the classes on the book. Interest was high and several were asking questions and adding their insights. One night after class there were a couple or three standing around and visiting when a lady spoke up and said, I think the Lord is asking me to translate your book into Spanish. I was both stunned and surprised as I knew very little about her. We began discussing the idea and I left her with the request that she pray about it and then we would talk some more.
Come to find out, she was quite sincere and told me what she did for her job was working with translations into Spanish. She was a member of our church and her family was also members. I was still a little shocked by this recent turn of events but I did sense the Lord’s fingerprints all over this so I suggested that she move along and send me chapter one when she finished it. She then told me that because of a sick mother and other commitments that it would be a few months before she could begin but that she would proceed.
Since then she has finished the first chapter and sent it to me. Then I didn’t hear from her for several months. I didn’t have her phone number but I did have her email so I dropped here a note and said that I had been praying for her but did not get an answer. A few more months went by and one day I met her and her husband in the hall at church. She then shared that she had been going through an extreme situation with her mother as well as several other matters. She assured me that it was coming to an end and that she fully intended to continue. I ran into her a few weeks later and she said she had been working on it and now has chapter two almost completed and that she would send it to me shortly. She also reported to me that she is dealing with other situations that is causing her a lot of delay but that she could use the prayers to help here through this current time. Please lift her up to the Lord in your prayers as well.