Tuesday, June 24, 2014

A Preacher’s Business

   Jehovah’s Witnesses are known for bringing Bible lessons door to door.  We call it ‘Field Service’.  I enjoyed field service which included conducting Bible study, door to door magazine distribution and street witnessing which means handing out Bible tracts in busy streets, while riding in jeepneys and busses, when busses didn't have television and passengers had time to read.  

   In 1994 when my daughter was in high school I bought a pre-owned 1990 Nissan Sentra and put a taxi franchise on it.  After a year of operation, car dealers offered bargain prices because the shapes of the cars were changing into 1996 models.  I sold the Nissan Sentra.  I used the sale money to put a down on three cars.  The daily income of each car paid the car loans and left a lot for my personal expenses.

   The taxis left the garage at 5:30 am every morning.  After they have all gone, I can go to my field service.  I was thankful for the business that allowed me to have all the time for preaching and still be able to support my daughter.  As it says in 1 John 5:14, “And this is the confidence that we have toward him that no matter what we ask according to his will, he hears us.”

   I knew it was God’s will to have the good news preached.  It says in Romans 10:14, “However, how will they call on him if they have not put faith in him? How, in turn, will they put faith in him about whom they have not heard? How, in turn, will they hear without someone to preach?”

   Some years flew by and my business was closing.  The taxis have started to need more maintenance and repair.  It broke my heart to sell the taxi units.  I not only lost my business, I needed to work a full time job which means I lost time for field service.  I wondered why God allowed my business to close when it was helping me do his will.

   I was hired as Administrative Assistant in Ayala Avenue, Makati City, an 8-5, Monday to Friday job.  I did my preaching on weekends instead.  After two years in my new job I was promoted to Administrative Manager.  I earned as much as I did with the taxi business minus the struggle within the oppressive Philippine transport system which got me fighting corrupt police and dishonest drivers.

   I loved that new job.  I came to work in a suit.  Working for the Manila branch of an international interior design firm allowed me to be creative.  I made good friends in the company.  For the first time in years I was happy.  I realized that God wanted me to preach but not at the expense of my own happiness.  What a loving God indeed!  

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