My mother was a brave woman. At six years of age Mom was asked what she wanted to be when she grew up. “I want to be a movie star or a missionary,” she said.
When Mom was eight, her father died from a heart problem. She had an older brother and a younger sister. It was very hard for my grandmother to support the family alone, so when Mom was twelve years old she had to leave school to go to work to help my grandmother support the family.
Mom did not become a movie star, because God’s plan for her life was for her to become a missionary instead. God called my parents to go to Chile. For Mom it was a great sacrifice to leave Sweden and travel there, because she had to leave her mother. It was also difficult for my grandmother, since Mom was a great support to her, and neither of them knew if they would ever see each other again.
I was two years old when we left Sweden. Grandmother would not get to see me grow up, nor would she see my sister who would be born soon. And then two other siblings who were born in Chile. But what we sacrifice can never compare to what Jesus of did for us when He came to earth to be our Savior.
Let me tell you what happened in our first home in southern Chile, in Traiguén. My parents rented two rooms in a large house where many families lived. Guess what else lived there? Rats!
Mom was pretty good at getting accustomed to the new and strange things in the new country, but rats were hard to get used to! No, not just hard… but impossible! Now these were not cute little mice with pink noses, but big, fat, disgusting rats with long tails!
The big house where they lived was made of wood, with wooden boards inside and out. At night the rats ran up and down inside the walls and the ceiling. There was water under the house and in the rainy season there would be puddles. They could hear the rats splashing in the water. It was awful!
Mom was very worried about me and my sister. She could hardly sleep at night because she was afraid that rats might bite us. A missionary friend of ours had been bitten on her lip.
The problem got worse each day. One night, when the rats seemed to be having a party and Mom could not sleep, she remembered what a friend in Sweden had told her. He and his wife had an invasion of cockroaches in their home. Sometimes they even found them in the teapot! At that time there was no insecticides to spray for bugs and they were in a desperate situation. Then they prayed to God about it, and the cockroaches disappeared!
“Just as God took care of the roach problem, He can wipe out rats!” Mom thought. Immediately she woke up Dad and told him to help her pray. It was midnight and he was sleepy. “If you have the faith for it, you pray,” he said, and went back to sleep.
Mom applied her faith, and tearfully cried out to God, asking for his help. When she finished praying there was complete silence. God had immediately done away with the rats in answer to her prayer! They never bothered us again!
Where did they go? After that night, the neighbors complained that they had twice as many rats! God relocated the rats because a young missionary had faith in her great and powerful God who answers prayer.
This is one of the testimony stories I’ve written for children. I have more and will write more. If you have children or grandchildren, you might want to share these stories with them.
Visit: MX1414.wordpress.com Find this story under TESTIMONY STORIES.
There are lots more stories, under Any-time Stories or Stories for Children. As Thanksgiving is approaching, read the story about the African boy from the jungles of Africa who gave himself as a love-offering to God: 91-baloos-love-offering
May God bless you as you share stories with children. What child doesn’t love a good story? Really, we’re all children at heart!
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