The Story of Arla

The Story of Arla

I grew up in an unbelieving family.  My parents are Catholic but don’t have a personal relationship with God.  When I was young I am very curious about others beliefs.   My parents always told me to attend chapel every Sunday or a mass at the church but they didn’t tell me the purpose of being there.  They were my parents, so I obeyed them.  I went down to the Catholic Church and then I went home but nothing changed in my life.

When I was 16 years old, I heard that there was a missionary teaching the young people about the word of God.  I was interested in attending.  He taught that Jesus died for my sin.  He explained what Jesus would do in our lives.  He taught about the importance of salvation to our lives and what Jesus did for us.  After that I started going to church and having a Bible study in my home every Monday afternoon for 2 years but I did not accept Christ in my life.  I started working in the city.  I noticed that there was something lacking in my life and I didn’t understand what it was.  I felt eager to listen to the word of God so I decided to go back home.  I started back to school to finish my fourth year of High School and Scott and Patsy Steele offered to help me.  That same year Ate Patsy was teaching a discipleship class and I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior that December of 2004.  I then had peace in my heart and when I went to church I really understood what was taught and I knew it was an answer to prayer.

After I graduated from High School I started working at the LRF in the kitchen and I was happy with my work.  When I was alone I started thinking what if I studied at the Bible School.  I started to pray about my desire to serve Him and I asked for His will in my life and if I should go to school at the LRF.   God answered my prayer and worked in the hearts of my parents.  I had talked to them about my desire.  At first they did not want me to go to Bible school and to be a missionary because they were afraid for me.  I was troubled in my heart and had a hard time explaining it to them.  I prayed to God and asked His help.  I remembered the verse from Psalms 27:14 “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”  Also in Mark 11:24, “Therefore I tell you whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”  I was encouraged to follow my heart’s desire to serve the Lord.  I am thankful to God that my parents allowed me to study here at the LRF.

Now I am here at the LRF and I am here to learn more about the word of God because I believe that God has called me to teach His word to other people who don’t know yet about Jesus Christ.  I know that God loves them and I want to share the gospel of Christ with them. Now I am closer to God than before.  God is changing me.  I see the light and I am walking by the word of God.

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