The Pastor’s Wife in Suriname
“Hi Mrs Cristiane,
How are you? I know you are very busy with so many projects and I regret not speaking to you personally when we were close…After such a long time without having wives’ meeting, it helped me so much to hear everyone’s experiences and how God has acted in the life of those who make themselves available.
Here, it’s a fight! At the moment (since I arrived here, apart from all the pastors and wives that just can’t seen to stay), I am by myself looking after five single assistant pastors. I spend my days cooking, taking care of their clothes, cleaning the house, the church, the office, taking care of the prayer book and the list goes on…but one thing God spoke to me in a strong way when we were in our last meeting; “In what has the devil been stronger than me?” And I focused on this when I went back. And if I haven’t been saving souls, then he’s been keeping me busy with things that are not the work of God! And that’s what I have been analysing and focusing on and I already have new projects…
In May, I will start meetings with the married women and restart the one with the young girls. Up until February, I was doing a meeting with the young girls but saw that I wasn’t giving my best due to many responsibilities.
I started getting rid of everything that distracts me from the things of God and as a result I see that I am able to do all that I need to…I will no longer allow the devil to keep me busy with petty things and I am now going to focus on what really matters.
You know Mrs Cristiane, sometimes I miss someone to talk to, to share an idea with or an inspiration, but I remember His promise straight away: “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
And I know that I need to be here more than Suriname needs me! What I have been learning and experiencing here, no one would be able to teach me. It’s coming straight from God and He is preparing me for greater challenges, I am sure. I enjoyed seeing you again and I was blessed through the meeting we had.
Kisses, Darlene- Suriname”
I wanted to make sure I shared this email with all my readers because I found in it a faith we should all have. This young pastor’s wife, that worked with me years ago in London, is now doing the work of God in a different country, a different language, far from everyone and alone and she is a testimony of those who serve God on the altar for real. Notice how her time is consumed with serving God and the little that’s left for her, she sacrifices it to serve even more.
Her and other pastor’s wives I know, know what sacrificing is about. They don’t have children to have more time to serve. They are unknown women, but so precious before God. It so good to work with them and it’s a great pleasure to get to know them! Her life of sacrifice gives me more strength to carry on doing even more. I ask all my readers to pray for them-they are jewels.
Author of the books "Better than a new pair of shoes", "V woman" and "Casamento Blindado" (Bulletproof Marriage). Founder of "Godllywood" and "Rahab Project". Presenter of "The Love School" at Rede Record.