I've Found My Career!

April 4 2008 / ShareHim in Dominican Republic A, Mar. 14 - Mar. 29 '08 #275
by Kaitlin Draper

Personal Testimony of Kaitlin Draper.

Hi, my name is Kaitlin; I’m 14 years old, and in the 9th grade at Thunderbird Adventist Academy. I’ve always wanted to do mission work, but where I lived, that thing wasn’t done unless you went with a company and paid in full. Then I moved to Phoenix, AZ in September of 2008. I missed the Ecuador trip, but they said that they were going on another one in the spring. I was really excited and really wanted to go, but there was an issue…money. I live in a single-mom home with my two brothers, and my mom works as a secretary. I was really worried about the money, but in the meetings, they were saying, “Just trust God. If He really wants you to go, He will provide.”

Well, I’m writing this to you, so He must have provided. The Quiet Hour paid my ticket, and I was able to raise the rest of what I needed to come! Thank you so much. You have no idea how much this has helped me. Through preaching, I’ve come to understand better the beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

I’m so glad that I got to come. I’ve had my share of miracles. For example, there was this man who had a slight limp and has a wooden cross necklace and bracelet that I had seen a couple times coming to my meetings. One night, he sat down and talked to my translator. She later on told me his story. He had been dealing with drugs. I don’t know if he was doing them or selling them, and the police had caught him. He went to court and he had to spend 19 years in jail. They told him to come back tomorrow and they would finalize it. That night he came to my meeting for the first time and left a changed man. The next day, he went to court and they could not find anywhere on the papers that it said that he had to go to jail. So the judge said that he was going to give him another opportunity. He felt as God was giving him another opportunity. And now we are praying that he will get baptized.

Then there is this young man (college age) that came one of the nights and then didn’t come for a couple of days. My translator talked to him, and he said that he had skipped night school so he could come and listen to my meetings.

Coming here was an opportunity that I am so glad I took. I have fallen in love with this country and do not want to leave. I love it here and have found what I want my career to be. I’ve decided to go to a Bible School in Norway and then enter the mission field. I was talking to my mom about this, and I am probably going to be entering in mission field sooner than I expected to. My mom has this dream about being a missionary, too. My great-grandmother was a missionary, and my mom spent a little bit of time with her in Puerto Rico. And my mother is really looking into and praying about becoming family missionaries.

Thanks for the support and prayers. Please keep our decision for future mission service in your prayers. And may we see you in heaven.
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