Literature evangelists (LE) Winnie Titus, Sandra Vagi, Miriam Pingi and Konea Baine were canvassing in Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea) on December 3, 2019, when they met a woman suffering domestic abuse and on the verge of suicide.
At Manu Autoport (Port Moresby), Joy* came outside to greet the LEs after her younger sister refused to let them inside her house. Suffering from body trembling and other symptoms as a result of typhoid, she gladly sat and listened to the LEs and accepted a brochure, a copy of Adventist Record and a Signs of the Times magazine. As a woman of faith, Joy had been praying for her typhoid to be cured.
Joy shared with the LEs about her traumatic experience overdosing herself in an attempt to alleviate her typhoid symptoms. She also shared about her unhappy arranged marriage and domestic abuse situation. She had been forced by her intoxicated husband into a car and driven kilometres away from her house before being forcibly removed from the vehicle and told to walk home.
After sharing her story, Joy recalled meeting Seventh-day Adventists before at an evangelism program in Port Moresby. She expressed having unanswered questions about speaking in tongues (1 Corinthians 14:1-25), which prompted the ladies to commence an impromptu Bible study with her. After more than an hour of sharing from the Bible, the ladies left her a copy of Steps to Christ and left.
Joy has now opened her home to Bible study and is a single but happy mother. Believing that God has a purpose for her, she has told her children to “choose for themselves who they will marry”. She now hopes to share God’s Word with others.
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*Name has been changed for privacy reasons.