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This is my missionary women story and about divine intervention. My maternal Grandmother had a rich faith which stemmed from a very intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. As a young girl we visited her often; I watched as she prayed on her knees by her bed for over an hour every night. She prayed for her seven children, their spouses, and her thirty-three grandchildren, each by name. She prayed for her pastor, needy people in the church, missionaries she knew, her neighbors, friends, etc., each by name, lifting up requests for each precious soul. Her faith was an inspiration to all who knew her; she had a genuine heart for people and led many to the Lord.

She often shared of how the beginnings of her faith was greatly influenced by some women whom she lovingly referred to as the "missionary women". They taught English at the Chinese Baptist Church in Seattle. As a new immigrant to the U.S. in the 1930s, my grandmother would attend their English classes. The "missionary women" would also come to her house to help with the laundry, cleaning, cooking, and babysitting her seven young children! My Grandmother gave the "missionary women" Chinese tea and other small gifts to represent her gratefulness to them. To this day, my mom relives the excitement each time she tells the story of receiving her very first doll from the missionary women.

I often thank God for my Christian heritage through my Grandmother. I thank God for the "missionary women" who communicated the Gospel so lovingly and sacrificially to her. Little did I know that God was going to give me the greatest blessing this Easter by letting me get to know one of these special missionary women!!

My parents visited our church, Island Baptist Church on Camano Island, last Easter (April 20, 2003). After the service, as usual, the friendly people at our church mingled with newcomers. My mom was engaged in a conversation with someone. You could see sparks of excitement flying as my Mom recounted in great detail of being in the English preschool class at Chinese Baptist Church, she also remembered many names of the precious "missionary women". The person my Mom was talking to recounted with just as much detail including the Chinese tea received from my grandmother! My Mom was talking to one of the "missionary women"! It was a story planned in heaven. As I think back, I still can't believe that after hearing about these "missionary women" all my life, I would actually meet, and know, one of them! Who was this special woman?? None other than our own Grace Peterson! Grace's mother, an immigrant herself from Norway, was very involved with the outreach to the Chinese community in Seattle. Grace in her late teens helped with this ministry!

The seed that was planted in my Grandmother's life grew and blossomed, and in turn blessed many for the sake of Christ - including me! Grace and Ainsley have lived full lives-- fully used by God for over eighty years. Their commitment and guidance to our church, has been no less than loving parents' complete devotion to a child.

Recently, we had a meeting at the Petersons. As I was leaving, Grace held my hand and pointed to two simple brass candelabras on a high shelf and said, "Those were a gift from your grandmother to my mother seventy years ago..." Just as my grandmother expressed so many years ago, my heart welled up with gratitude for Grace, her mother and the dear women, so people like me could experience the incredible richness of God's divine gifts and the depth of His love. My heart was also filled with reverence and awe of God's sovereignty, as I received a glimpse of a bigger picture -- His loving plan for each child, continuing through the generations.

God's Word will not return void (Isaiah 55:10, 11). Our prayers do make a difference, even though it may take seventy years for some fruit to be revealed to us! In most cases we will not know the full impact of our prayers and ministry until we see Him face to face. Jesus says those who follow Him by faith, not by sight, will be blessed (John 20:29).

"Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you.
Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord,
because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain."

1 Corinthians 15:58

This missionary women story
was written by Debbie Wolf.

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