Debrah, a Seventh-day Adventist, missed her church fellowship after she married and unbeliever and moved with her husband to an area where there was no church.
After some years, a group of Adventist laymen calling themselves the Now Is The Time team decided to hold meetings in this area.
The first night of the meetings, Debrah’s husband happened by and came in. Although he was very drunk, he realized that these meetings were being conducted by members of his wife’s church.
Where have you been? he demanded loudly. My wife is a Seventh-day Adventist and she has been waiting years for you to come! One of the workers persuaded him to come outside where his drunken behavior would not interrupt the meeting. Finally, he asked for a Bible to take to his wife and set off for home, some distance away.
Meanwhile, Debrah had awakened from a vivid dream in which she had seen her husband entering the house with a Bible as a gift for her. She lay in the darkness, wondering what the dream meant. She knew it was unlikely that her husband would spend his money to buy her a Bible.
About 2:00 am her husband came home and presented her with the Bible, just as she had dreamed. Thrilled over this sign of God’s care, she couldn’t go to sleep and finally decided to get up and find the place where the meetings were being held.
Arriving very early in the morning, Debrah found the preachers and studied earnestly with them. She decided that nothing would ever keep her from serving the God who had spoken to her in a dream.
Debrah’s husband was tolerant, but his parents were angry. They burned all her clothes. When the evangelistic team gave her more clothes, they burned them too. When her husband’s parents realized that she would not forsake her religion, they threw Debrah out of the home and bought another wife for their son. But eventually, because of his unhappiness, they relented and reinstated Debrah as their son’s wife.
Although her husband was glad to have her back, he showed no interest in religion himself. But as Debrah worked hard to please him and make him comfortable, while also spending as much time as she could helping others, her beautiful Christian life made an impression on him and he decided to become a Seventh-day Adventist. Today, he and Debrah work together to share God’s love.
Debrah and her husband live in an unspecified country of Africa.
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