Myriam is a paediatric nurse from Germany and has worked in Mozambique since 2004. Her specialist areas include preventive medicine, first aid and a project aimed at feeding the homeless, especially children. Myriam founded the Mozambican association O Bom Samaritano in 2009, which supports the health system with natural medicine and trains local paramedics using teaching material from Anamed (Action Natural Medicine).
When did God call you to Mozambique and how did He do it?
I was always someone who was gripped by suspense-filled stories from the mission field. I wanted to be a missionary in Africa but sometimes I had doubts if that was really God’s will for my life. Later on, a few prophetesses confirmed God’s mission calling on my life. I went to a discipleship school where we were taught how to hear the voice of God. One day, I prayed, “Where do you want me to go Lord?” God’s answer to me was Mozambique. Mozambique? I was not really sure if I had heard correctly but God sent me a confirmation. Two or three days later I was sent a magazine with the big, fat frontline – Mozambique. I knew it really was God who had spoken!
What steps did you take from there?
I was so excited. I wanted to start immediately but there were no open doors at that time. There were a few problems that were concerning me, such as being a woman travelling alone in Africa. God knew about this and sent a married couple to accompany me.
Before I flew back to Germany, I gave all my Mozambican money away because you cannot take it into another country; however I didn’t know about the airport tax. You can imagine the awful situation I was in when I arrived at the counter without any money in the correct currency. What do you do in such a situation? I prayed a quick prayer and God did not let me down. The person behind me paid for me!
I knew and still know God opened many doors. He wanted me to be in Mozambique.
Committing to full-time ministry always requires sacrifice. What was a sacrifice for you?
The biggest sacrifice was to leave my family. I have a very close relationship with them, especially with my parents. I miss my church and having regular services as well. Another big challenge is being fully dependant on God – especially for finances. Human pride does not always make it easy to do that!
How did God reward your sacrifice?
He gave me divine fulfilment. I believe that a person cannot reach a greater place of peace than by walking in the calling of God for their lives. He created every person with strengths and abilities for their special calling.
He also gave me favour: favour from the local authority that supports us, favour from my local team members and – this is the most important to me – His favour. I can see that God makes this project successful, not because of us or our work but because of His grace. Every day is an adventure and I am pleased to say that I am a daughter of God who can take part in witnessing big and small miracles in so many situations.
What are some of the miracles you have seen?
One way I continue to see God’s miracles daily is through our vehicles. Sometimes when I look at the bush roads, I wonder if we will ever make it through. The poor condition of the roads takes a big toll on our vehicles so that we often have problems with the tyres and sometimes even worse problems than that. The vehicles are really necessary for our ministry here and so it is always a problem when one does not work – or even two. I think a lot of missionaries on the field can appreciate that.
Every time we have had problems on the road, God has kept us safe and we have been able to get help quickly. Often there are wonderful people who came to our aid. I can see God’s solicitude in all of these situations.
I have seen miracles in the finances too. For me personally, it is very important that God supplies enough finance for the ministry because this is a sign to me that I am still in the right place. He has not let me or the ministry down. He supports us – not too early, so my trust is often tested but not too late either. He keeps watch over His children.
How did God show His grace in your life?
I was a very shy child. In school I took longer to understand things than the other children my age. My teacher did not recognise that I needed another way to learn. In Germany, after four years, a teacher decides which school a child should go to next. My teacher did not see my potential and wanted to send me to a special school for handicapped children. But God helped me! He sent another teacher who helped me to learn more effectively so that I could attend a regular school. God chooses the smallest people to show His grace in their lives.
Everything I have accomplished is because of His grace. I am so glad to serve Him.
If you would like to contact Myriam or support the work of O BOM SAMARITANO visit our website: world-outreach.com/people/myriam-wahr