Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Preacher’s Business

   Jehovah’s Witnesses are known for bringing Bible lessons door to door.  They call it ‘Field Service’.  Nadia is one of them.  She 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.  

   In 1994 when her daughter was in high school Nadia 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 in 1996 models.  Nadia sold the Nissan Sentra used the sale money to put a down on three cars.  Now she has three taxi cabs.  The daily income of each car would be enough to pay the car loans and leave some for her as her personal expenses.  

   The cars left the garage at 5:30 am every morning.  After they have all gone Nadia can go to her ‘field service’.  She was thankful for the business that allowed her to have all the time for preaching and still be able to support her 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.”  

   Nadia 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?” 

   Two years flew by and Nadia’s business was closing.  The cars have started to need more maintenance and repair.  It broke her heart to sell the taxi units but she needed to cut her losses.  She not only lost her business, she will need to work a full time job which means she lost time for ‘field service’.  She wondered why God allowed her business to close when it was helping her “do his will”.

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

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

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