• Evangeline Njelesani



By Judy B.

But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God,

slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.

Psalm 86:15

As a child and into my teenage years I felt that I was somehow inadequate and that no one could love and accept me. I don't know where this came from but a possibility may have been, that when I was about 15 months old, my family suffered a tragedy which most likely took all of their emotions to the limit for quite a long period of time. As I was growing up I found it difficult to express love and shunned hugs and cuddles. Even though I learned about God from a very early age, believed in Him and what the Bible taught and even committed my life to Him as an eight year old, I still found it difficult to believe that He really did love and accept me just as I was. I felt that I had to prove to God through serving Him that I was good enough. I often had the feeling that God would be angry with me and not find me good enough to go to heaven!

When I was in my 20's, a dear Christian friend identified that I had a problem and began praying with me and helping me to love and accept myself and to see that God loved me just as I was. I am so thankful that God used her to reveal His compassion, graciousness, love and faithfulness towards me - the same attributes of God as expressed in Psalm 86:15. My life changed then and I found that my service for God flowed from His love for me and my love for Him. Since that time my husband and I went on to serve the Lord in overseas missions for many years and are now serving Him back in our home country by operating a Christian Retreat Centre where people can come to spend time with God, allowing Him to restore, renew and refresh them. It is a privilege to be able to share God's love with those who come to stay.

One of my favourite songs is the well-known Hillsong worship song, 'The Power of Your Love'. The words express very much what I have experienced through my life. Tears come to my eyes as I sing this beautiful song...

Lord I come to You

Let my heart be changed, renewed Flowing from the grace That I've found in You Lord I've come to know The weaknesses I see in me Will be stripped away By the power of Your love

Hold me close

Let Your love surround me Bring me near Draw me to Your side And as I wait I'll rise up like the eagle And I will soar with You Your Spirit leads me on In the power of Your love

Lord unveil my eyes

Let me see You face to face The knowledge of Your love As You live in me Lord renew my mind As Your will unfolds in my life In living every day By the power of Your love

There is very little that I can add to the words of this song other than to say, no matter where we are, what we are doing or how we are feeling, through 'the power of God's love' we will rise up like the eagle, we will soar with Him and we will share His love, compassion, graciousness and faithfulness with those around us.

Judy and her husband of 48 years live in Tasmania, Australia. They have 2 sons, 4 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren!

Together Judy and her husband have traveled to several countries including Zambia, Hong Kong, Spain and South Africa with mission organizations like WEC International and MMM International.

If you ever happen to travel to Australia, be sure to visit Eagles Rise - the beautiful Christian retreat centre that they own and operate!

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