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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Vi har netop besøgt en ekstrem fattig familie. De bor kun 19. km fra hvor vi bor og det virker næsten uvirkeligt,  Dear friends, 
We just visited an extremely poor family. They live only 19 km from where we live and its almost unreal, at nogen bor under så kummerlige forhold.

Vores præst fortalte os om denne familie og bad os tage ud og besøge dem i håb om, at vi kan hjælpe dem. Det er en familie med 7 børn. Den ældste er ikke med på billedet, da han bor hos noget andet familie og går i sec. skole. Den yngste er en baby på kun 3 uger.     Nogle kristne har samlet penge ind til familien, så de kunne få et bedre sted at bo (jordhytte). De flyttede ind i huset for ca. en uge siden.   Ugen før de flyttede havde de haft en skrækkelig oplevelse. Der var kommet en stor slange ind i hytten, som sad oppe ved loftet og kravlede ned på gulvet da manden slog efter den. Nede på gulvet lå alle børnene og sov, så manden råbte og skreg og fik børnene vækket og jaget ud og så slog han slangen ihjel. Men det havde været en rigtig uhyggelig oplevelse for familien. Deres gamle hytte var så utæt, så det var nemt for slanger og andet kryb at komme ind.   Se lige deres toilet, som også bliver anvendt til at tage et bad (hvis de overhovedet får bad). Især en af drengene var helt askegrå, da der er tørke i området og jorden er som pulver og det støver meget.     De ejer ingen møbler overhovedet kun 4 spande, som vi kunne sidde på. Det var hvad der var af møbler i stuen. De havde en smal seng på hvert værelse. Faderen sov sammen med drengene i den ene seng og moderen med pigerne. Der var ingen madrasser i sengene, så de sover direkte på sengebunden.     Manden var meget stille og sagde næsten ingenting. Vi troede i starten at han fejlede noget, men vi tror nærmere at det er en depression. Men da manden så hvad vi havde med i bilen til dem, livede han helt op og begyndte at snakke. Vi havde taget 100 kg. majs med, samt noget ris, sukker og bønner. De troede ikke deres egne øjne, da de så at der var mad til dem.   Selv de helt små hjalp til med at bære. Vi kunne ikke køre op til deres hytte, så vi måtte parkere bilen et stykke derfra og gå resten af vejen. Da vi kom op til hytten igen, skyndte drengene sig at finde brænde, for nu skulle der laves mad på åbent bål. Det var så tydeligt at se, hvor sultne de var. Vand havde de heller ikke, det skulle hentes et godt stykke fra deres hus.     Vi kunne godt tænke os at hjælpe denne familie med 2 køjesenge og 6 madrasser, samt nogle tæpper. Skoleuniformer og sko til de tre store børn, som går i en kommuneskole. En sæk majs koster 275 kr. En køjeseng koster 700 kr. 2x700= 1400 kr. En madras koster 250 kr. 6x250= 1500 kr. Et tæppe 45 kr. x 7 = 315 kr. Skoleuniform og sko til et barn koster ca. 200 kr. Til tre børn bliver det 3x200=600 kr.   Dette er en familie, som vi gerne vil hjælpe. Vi er meget rørte over denne situation og håber vi kan give dem et løft til at komme videre.   Hvis der er nogle som har lyst at hjælpe os igen, så kan I sende pengene til vores missionskonto og pengene er fradragsberettiget, hvis du sender dit personnr. til vores kasser, får du fradrag. Hvis Willy vores kasser allerede har fået din person nummer går det automatisk, at det bliver trukket fra.

  Mailadressen: Betania Kirkecenters Ydremission, Willy Højgård: ymission@betania.dk Bankkontonr: Reg. Nr. 9712 Kontonr. 07 41 79 30 75 Mobil pay nr. 16822 Øremærk pengene MBU TZ ”fattig familie”. Hvis du ønsker at være med så send os en mail og vi vil gå i gang med det samme.   Kærlig hilsen og knuser fra Torkild og Tabitha..that someone can live in such poor conditions.

Our pastor told us about this family and asked us if we could go out there to visit them in the hope that we could help them. It’s a family with 7 children. The oldest is not in the picture as he is living with another family and is in secondary school. The youngest is a baby only 3 weeks old.     Some of the other Christian church members had collected money for the family so that they could get a better place to live (dirt house). They moved into the new house a week ago.   The week before they moved into the house something horrible happened. A hug snake had come into the hut and it sat up in the ceiling and climbed down on the floor when the man tried to hit it. On the floor all the children lay sleeping so the man was yelling and woke the children and got them out of the house so he could kill the snake. It was a very traumatic experience for the family. Their old hut was so leaky that it was easy for the snake and other things to come inside.   Look at their toilet which also is used for taking a shower (if they even get showers). Especially the boys were so ash grey as it is so dry in the area and the soil is like powder and it there is dust everywhere.     They had no furniture at all only 4 buckets we could sit on. That is all the furniture they had in their living room. They had a narrow bed in each of the 2 rooms. The father slept with the boys in the same bed and the mother with the girls. There was no mattress in the beds, so they were lying directly on the springs.     The man was so quiet and said almost nothing. We thought in the beginning that something was wrong with him, but we now think it was more of a depression. But when the man saw what we had in the car he perked up and started to talk. We had 100kg of maize with us in the car and rice, sugar and beans. They couldn´t believe their eyes when they say all that food.   Even the little kids helped carry. We could not drive to the hut, so we had to park a way away and walk the rest. When we came up to the hut again the boys were quick to find firewood because it was time to cook food on the open fire. It was so evident to see how hungry they were. Water they didn´t have either and had to walk quite a way to get it.     We would really like to help this family with 2 bunk beds, 6 mattresses, and some blankets. School uniforms and shoes for the 3 older children that are at the public school. A sack of maize cost 275kr. A bunk bed is 700kr 2x700=1400kr A mattress cost 250kr 6x250=1500kr Blankets 45kr 7x45=315kr. School uniforms and shoes will be around 200kr pr child. For 3 children 3x200=600kr.   This is a family we would like to help. We were very touched by their situation and hope that together we can give them a lift to move on.   If anyone would like to help us again you can send the money to our missions account in Denmark.

  Please send me an email if you want to support the project “poor family”!   IBAN Account: DK 7097 1207 4179 3075 Swift/Bic code: JYSPDK2G Den Jyske Sparekasse, Borgergade 3, 7200 Grindsted Account holder: Betania Kirkecenters Ydremission Information: Tabitha and Torkild Jensen   Love Tabitha and Torkild. [post_title] => Fattig familiePoor family. [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => fattig-familie [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-09-27 12:48:35 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-09-27 10:48:35 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://mission-tanzania.dk/?p=4752 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )

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