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God is Faithful {a story of providence}

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My son and I. | A Virtuous WomanSo, this morning around noon, my son called and I grabbed the phone and said, “Hello.” And he began to read to me… “Dear James, we are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted…”

I immediately grinned. I knew what that meant.

Anyway, he finished reading that email to me and said, “Mom, I got this email like 30 seconds ago.”

First off I was so excited because I knew how much this meant to him. {More on that in a second.} And then I was so happy because I knew I was the first one he called and he’d wanted to share his good news with me.

Okay… so let me start at the beginning.

James is my 22 year old son. He’s been attending college at Southern Adventist University for the last year and a half. Unfortunately, this was going to be his last semester there because he/ we just didn’t have the money to pay for a private college. He was so disappointed. A few months ago he had told me he’s never been happier in his whole life – and I believe it. Southern has been so good for him. He’s made so many good friends and he’s matured so much.

So, two weeks ago he’d forwarded an email to me and called and asked me what I thought. The email had been forwarded to him from a church member he hadn’t seen in a couple of years. This man belonged to the church James attended when he lived with my parents for two years. The email was from a media ministry in Canada that was looking for applicants for a free missionary media ministry training opportunity.

I thought it sounded like a wonderful opportunity and encouraged him to apply. This past Thursday he had a phone interview and the gentleman told him they were very interested, but they were still waiting on one more reference to come in. He said they’d let him know in 2 -3 days whether or not he was accepted. Oh I how I prayed!!

Well, this morning that sent that email and he was accepted into the program! I can’t even describe how happy I am for him. This is exactly the kind of work he wanted to do. He’s going to receive free hands on training working in television/ media ministry and French language classes so that he can communicate with the people in Canada that they are working to reach for the gospel.

The program runs for a year. So he’ll be gone for a at least a year. And he leaves in January – right when he would have had to switch to a state college, which he wasn’t looking forward to.

Anyway, he’s a Mass Communications/ Broadcasting Major. Years ago, as a teenager, he’d spent a few months on two different occasions as a missionary in Africa. Later on, he worked the camera for 3ABN television studio when they were filming the GYC in Louisville, KY. So he had the experience they were looking for.

God’s Providence

  • James went to live with my parents for a couple of years when he turned 18 and was still trying to figure out what to do with his life.
  • While living there, he met this man at church who thought of him two years later and forwarded the email to him.
  • As a teenager he had opportunities that gave him the experiences he needed to be right for the position.
  • The internship begins right when he could no longer attend his beloved Christian university.
  • And it’s in the exact field he had wanted to go into.
  • Plus, his only expense will be $500.00 room and board per month… and any personal living expenses that he has.

God’s timing really is perfect. There were times when he was a teen that I feared he would stray from the faith. Oh how we have prayed over him! Despite a few rocky years, he never stopped going to church. And now he’ll be working in full time ministry. I’m so very grateful to God for his everlasting grace, mercy, and love.

P.S. James is the child I gave birth to when I was just 15 years old. You can read my testimony here.

God is Faithful | A Virtuous Woman

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  1. Thank you so much for sharing this! My husband and I are waiting to find our child through adoption. We've been waiting for over a year and a half. I love hearing stories about God's perfect timing. It helps strengthen me to trust God with bringing our child home at just the right moment. Congratulations to your son!
    1. Hi Kristen, we never really know how God is orchestrating things behind the scenes. I am guilty of not always trusting Him and not always having patience. I need to trust Him more! I can imagine that waiting for a baby when you so desperately want one is hard! But God DOES have a plan for your life and He will get the glory in the end. God bless you and your husband. I hope you have your dreams come true soon.

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