I (Tabitha) grew up in Christian home and attended Sunday school and Sunday services with my parents. I am number three in a family of four brothers and sisters.


At the age of ten I attended a service with a missionary from Tanzania. She shared about her work amongst children and women. As she was talking, I suddenly sensed a voice  whispering in my ear, “Some day you, Tabitha, will be helping the children in Tanzania.” Immediately, a different voice said, “God does not speak to children.”


In my adulthood, I have experienced that when the Lord speaks, it will always be followed by a negative reaction; this way you know that the Lord has spoken. The negative voice comes from our enemy.


I clearly remember that I did not dare to share this incident with anyone, not even my best friend, nor my parents. I saved it in my heart, where it remained for many years.


Torkild was raised in an ordinary home, where they were christened as infants and confirmed, and that was it. Torkild is the youngest of four brothers and sisters.


Torkild and I attended the same school from the first grade. I was madly in love with him when we went to school. He was the funny boy in the school, filled with all kinds of ideas.


When I attended the fourth grade I started praying for Torkild, saying, “Dear Lord, if Torkild wants to be my husband some day, you need to make him receive Jesus as his saviour. My mother always taught me that we could ask anything from God, and if the request was for our good, He would answer.


As I finished the seventh grade going on to the eighth grade, we had eyes for each other, although we were still very young. I made it very clear to him: if he did not want to be a Christian, our relationship could never become a reality. I was a believer and had decided that my decision was for a lifetime.


Torkild became a Christian at the age of 16. Two years later he was baptized in water and we got married at the age of twenty.


I had never told Torkild about my calling as a child. Often, when we attended church meetings, especially with missionaries, it was as if something was burning inside of me.


I often knelt by my bed, saying, “Lord, if you are serious about my calling, you have to tell Torkild, so that one day he will ask me if I am willing to be a missionary.


Several years went by and we had three wonderful children. They attended a private independent school, and we had a successful haulage business. In every way we had a good life in Denmark.


Because of very long working hours Torkild never attended prayer meetings, since these were always held on mid-week evenings. But then due to a sudden strike in Denmark, Torkild got a chance to go. That night a very special thing happened, which changed our lives for ever. This meeting was very different from other meetings. Normally, it would start with praise and worship, but that night nobody was singing, nobody was talking.


Suddenly, someone stood up and prophesied, “There is someone here tonight, whom the Lord wants to use in ministry. The doors are open and I will prepare everything for you. The work is urgent, and if you are not willing to go, I will have to send somebody else.”


Torkild whispered to me, “How are you feeling?” I was unable to answer – but was thinking that it was a good thing we were sitting down, because my legs felt like gel and I sensed they could not carry me.


As we drove home that night, we discussed what happened and suddenly I heard the Lord saying, “Now you can tell Torkild about your calling as a little girl.”


That night we accepted the call of God.


After a few days we decided to go and tell our pastor. He answered, “We have known this for a long time. We just waiting for you to come and tell us.”


Then we invited my parents (Tabitha’s) to our house to inform them about our decision. My mother started weeping, and I thought, “Is it really that hard on her..”


My mother said to my father, “Do you remember the incident when the children were small?” At that time we had meetings in different people´s living rooms, and one day an unknown preacher came to out house and told my parents, “One day, one of your children will become a missionary.”
My mother had four children and did not know who of them it was for, and she decided to save the words in her heart. Thus, the Lord confirmed my calling through revealing it to my parents ahead of time.


That is our Father God, and He works in mysterious ways!


We left Denmark on August 6th, 1987.


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    [post_content] => Vi har været ude at besøge en ung mand, Johnson, og hans onkel ved foden af bjerget Kilimanjaro. We have visited a young man, Johnson, and his uncle at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro. 
Det sidste stykke vej kørte vi på en smal, rød jordvej, som snoede sig imellem bananplanterne. For enden af vejen, der var meget stejl, lå huset, hvor de boede. Hus er måske nok så meget sagt, for Johnson og hans onkel deler et værelse på 7-8 m2. Værelset ligger for enden af et hønsehus og bygningen går ud i et. Der er ikke noget loft i værelset ind til hønsehuset. Lugten var virkelig stram, og så tænker man, ”hvordan kan de stakkels mennesker sove i den stank?”
Johnson har ingen forældre. Hans mor mistede han for mange år siden, da han var helt lille, og hans far døde i november sidste år. Johnson er enebarn og hans onkel er det eneste familie, han har tilbage.
Foruden alle disse udfordringer, så har Johnson også et handicap, da han som lille kom ud for en ulykke i hjemmet. Tjenestepigen i huset havde sat en gryde over ildstedet og var gået udenfor. Johnson havde netop lært at kravle. Han fik sig bevæget hen til ildstedet, hvor han greb fat om grydens håndtag med begge hænder. På hans venstre hånd smeltede den voldsomme varme de små fingre væk, og hans højre hånd er også meget beskadiget.
Selvom han har mistet fingrene, er han dygtig til at skrive, og har en flot håndskrift. Han har beholdt hele tommeltotten og det meste af pegefingeren på højre hånd, dermed kan han holde om en blyant.
Johnson virker som en god dreng, der er rigtig dygtig i skolen. Men efter hans far er død, er der ingen, der hjælper ham med skolepenge. Uden skolepenge kan han ikke fortsætte i skolen. Onklen har knap nok til dagen og vejen. Det konstaterede vi ved selvsyn, da vi besøgte dem.
Vi har nu haft Johnson og hans onkel på besøg hos os for at høre om Johnsons ønsker for fremtiden. Vi har i tro sendt ham videre i Secondary skole. Han bliver 18 år i juli, og mangler to års skolegang for at få en studentereksamen. Hvis du læser dette, og føler for at hjælpe ham til en uddannelse, så er der brug for 6.000 kr. om året til dette formål.


The last part of the distance was a small, red dirt road that twisted among the banana plantations. At the end of the very steep road was the house where they lived. House may be an exaggeration because Johnson and his uncle share a room of 7-8 m2. The room is at the end of a hen house and there is just one building. There is no ceiling in the room next to the hen house. The smell was tough and we thought, “How can they sleep in that stench?” 
Johnson has no parents. When he was little his mother died and his father died in November of last year. Johnson is an only child and his uncle is the only relative left. 
Besides these challenges, Johnson has a handicap. There was an accident in his home when he was little. The housemaid had put a pot on the fireplace and left it to go outside. Johnson just learned to crawl. He moved himself to the fireplace and crabbed the handle of the pot with both hands. On his left hand his little fingers melted away at the extreme heat and his right hand is very damaged as well. 
Although he lost his fingers Johnson is a competent writer and has a beautiful handwriting. He retained his thumb and most of the index finger on his right hand so he can hold a pencil. 
Johnson seems to be a nice boy and is a very good student. But after his father died there is no one to pay his tuition. Without school fees he cannot continue classes as the uncle can barely make ends meet. That was very evident when we visited their home. 
We have met with Johnson and his uncle again to hear about Johnson’s wishes for the future. In faith we have sent him on to Secondary school. He will be 18 years in July and has two more years before he graduates. If anyone reading this would like to help support his education there is a need for DKK 6,000 per year for this.
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