Starting the month of March I decided it would be a celebration month. I didn’t decide what to celebrate, but wanted to find something every day. Today is very special. I only have two hours left. I haven’t been able to write before because Thursdays is my day to do my weekly Spanish story. The story included the Remembrance Circle, so it took all day.
Don’t worry. It’s coming in English, too!
But now I want to celebrate that Christina has worked with me for five years. Cristina is my Assistant. Yesterday was her birthday, so she had the day off. I don’t remember ever getting a day off for my birthday, but that doesn’t hinder me in doing it for others. I worked on my birthday, but then I’m a workaholic. Id’ rather call it a “work lover.”
Five years ago was not a happy birthday for Cristina. She had been dismissed from her job and was walking the streets of Lima in desperation. Did I say that she is from Peru? We work via Skype!
Cristina had been doing some drawings for my children’s stories on a volunteer basis. I had secretly wished that she could work full-time for me, but I figured that since she had her job that was not feasible.
Why she called me, I don’t know. I guess she just needed someone to talk to. So she confided in me about her situation. I did some quick calculations in my head, and figured that if I continued getting the freelance work I had, I could hire Cristina. So I asked if she wanted to work for me.
Then are there, five years ago, over the phone, from Springfield, Missouri to Lima, Peru I hired her. Little did I know the devastation that would hit me the next day. It came like a hurricane! Due to a misunderstanding, I was informed that there would be no more freelance translations from the source I was counting on.
I don’t have words to describe the range of emotions that battled inside me. What would I do? I prayed to my Father and told him I could not let Cristina go, that it would not be fair to get her hopes up one day and scatter them the next one. Since my ministry is a work of love for Jesus I would trust him to provide some other way.
Did God ever provide! I was offered a translation job by another publishing house; a job that fitted me to the tee, to translate children’s curriculum. I was given a three-year contract, and they paid me one year in advance!
To tell you the whole story would be too long (it’s somewhere in the old blogs). Let me say that those three years turned into five. Now the projects are done and there is no more work. So I am back where Cristina and I started. I write yearly contracts with her. But I will not doubt God’s provision. At the end of this month we will sign a new contract. We have too many ideas and projects to quit. Your prayers would be appreciated.
Cristina has a little niece called Alejandra, Ale for short. She has been our model these past years, to show some of the projects. I put together a little collage. Ale’s participation is an extra bonus. Here is a picture of Ale and Cristina on Ale’s first day of school, entering first grade. She loves her uniform!
And here is a collage of some of her modeling volunteer jobs!
After five years of working from one country to another Cristina and I have finally come to an understanding about scheduling and reporting (it has not been easy). We have overcome the difficult hurdles in communication. I love that girl! I especially appreciate that she is very particular in doing a good job. She makes me look good!
I just wanted to give a little testimony to the glory of God. I prayed diligently for him to send me an artist. God has sent me two! I will have to tell you another day about the miracle of Ab-Shalom, the man who soon will have illustrated the entire Bible for me!
Do you have a need? Do you have a secret desire? Don’t lose heart! If God could do these miracle for me he surely can do much more for you! Be diligent in prayer. Nothing is impossible for our God.
To celebrate five years with Cristina is a miracle. I’m excited to see how the next five years are going to come together. We’ll take it one year at a time. One story at a time. One illustration at a time. One prayer at a time.
I am Kerstin.
My Assistant is Cristina.
Both names have the same origin.
They come from Christian.
Swedish “Christian” and Peruvian “Christian”
make a pretty good team!
We are in it for the cause of Christ!