As I told you before, we have so many excellent examples in our congregation of new ones who are doing AWESOME! Elvia is one of our shining examples. I first worked with her in service about a year ago and she took me on a few of her studies. She was one that I asked how long she had been baptized, (thinking quite a few years) and she very humbly replied, "Oh, I'm not baptized yet, I hope to get baptized at the next Circuit Assembly." WOW! She said that it took her quite a few years of studying off and on with the Witnesses until she finally made the decision to take it seriously and she hasn't looked back since! She did indeed get baptized last May at our Circuit Assembly. She has older children that live at home with her and they used to give her a very hard time when she was studying. But, she told them that this was what she wanted to do and that was that. She has a little store out of her home, so she had to arrange for other people to cover for her so that she could be more regular in field service. And that she is...she is an auxiliary pioneer. I was talking to her last meeting and she said that she now has 15 bible studies, so she basically has to go out in service some part of everyday to take care of all of them! I told her that she will soon have to become a regular pioneer just to take care of all of her studies! She smiled really big and said that is definitely her goal for the near future....
Two weeks ago she gave an experience at the meeting that brought tears to my eyes: She said that although her children are not interested in the truth, she thought she should take very seriously the instructions from the branch to have a "family worship night". So, she decided to give each of the children a Bible Teach book. She explained to them that every Monday night she would be sitting in the living room, patiently waiting for them to come and join her so that they could study as a family. Whether they decided to join her or not, that is where she would be for the evening, waiting for them and that she sincerely hoped they would join her. So, the first Monday rolled around, and there she sat, patiently waiting.....one by one they all started coming in with their books in hand! Since that Monday, she has had "family worship night" with them!
I thought to myself how hard it is for some of us who have been in the truth all of our lives to have a regular family bible study, but here is this newly baptized sister, who has all the excuses in the world not to have a family bible study, and she is putting forth such effort. It is wonderful to see how Jehovah has blessed her efforts in everything!
Her example has really encouraged us, and we wanted to share her experience with all of you!
Elvia is the sister on the left!