It began in Germany
I grew up in Hamburg / Germany as the youngest of three siblings. As a young adult, I had a lot of contact with Sinti (a Roma group) and was involved in the occult. When a missionary shared some scriptures from Leviticus, I was confronted with the fact that my life and relationship with fortune telling were not as okay in God’s eyes as I had thought. The Word of God had gripped my heart, and I was in regular contact with this missionary. When I got saved, it really was a complete turnaround in my life. It was not easy, as many from my community did not react positively to my change. But my hunger for more from the Bible and Jesus was greater.
From Germany via Switzerland to Austria
Eventually I attended a Bible college (Beatenberg) in Switzerland. Before, I had worked as an office clerk. After three years of studies, and a year of internship in my church, I was wondering what the next step should be. Originally, I did not see myself in missions, but a Bible school teacher - relating my plans to return to an office job - said: “Others can punch in numbers!” It is funny, that now as a missionary I’m doing it again. The Lord then gave me a verse out of Isaiah 50:5: “The Sovereign Lord has opened my ears; I have not been rebellious, I have not turned away.” I started to understand that I have a lot to give, and that God’s ways for me might lead me differently than I thought.
During that time, I was diagnosed with a chronic illness, and so I knew that if I would go on the mission field, I would need a good infrastructure. Through DMG (a German mission), I finally came to Austria and participated in women’s and youth ministry. I also worked for Biblische Ausbildung am Ort as an accountant back then, and I learned to love that work.
…and finally to Linz
Frank Hinkelmann, the former field leader asked me to join OM’s office team in Linz. OM is characterized by being international, with a lot of charm. This is what really got me excited, and it excites me still today. Because of the international aspects, accounting is very complex and I like that as well. Being full time with OM, I am also part of other ministries at the church (women’s meetings, Sunday school, and helping migrant kids with homework at our integration project). I truly enjoy my responsibilities, and I am thankful to be able to serve with my gifts.
Prayer is vital
We definitely will need more workers in our accounting department in the not-so-far future – a big prayer request. Then there is the issue of financial supporters – it is not that easy to find those for an office job. I have now been on the mission field for 20 years, and some of my supporters are very old and may die soon, or cannot support me anymore after their retirement. I am working on increasing my support base – but this is a big prayer request.