Nations 2 2021 | An interview with Myriam Wahr – Mission work in Mozambique
“I did not know a lot about Mozambique… I even had to find a map and look where it was…”
CALLED TO WHERE?!
Myriam Wahr served in Mozambique for over 16 years. Whilst there, she worked at O Bom Samaritano (the Good Samaritan) providing nutrition to malnourished babies and sharing Jesus with their families. Originally from Germany, she is now back at home caring for her elderly parents. Myriam hopes to be back again in Mozambique soon.
OFTEN, WE HEAR OF PEOPLE BEING “CALLED” TO MISSIONS, WHICH CAN BE QUITE ABSTRACT. CAN YOU ARTICULATE HOW GOD HAS CALLED YOU?
I grew up in a Christian family and from childhood I wanted to be a missionary. I always loved hearing stories from missionaries and helping the poor in Africa was deep in my heart.
During my first years at school, I received bad marks. I enjoyed looking out the window more than learning. There was even one teacher who suggested it would be good for me to learn in a handicapped school, but praise the Lord that didn‘t happen. As people prayed for me, I gave my life to the Lord and my marks got better and better.
As a teenager, a prophecy was spoken to me, which confirmed my heart‘s wish to become a missionary. At 16, I was baptised in the Methodist church.
I trained as a paediatric nurse and then I did a Discipleship Training School in East Germany. This was a very special time. God lifted me up and words that confirmed that I would serve the Lord came up. I really learned how to hear the voice of God. I remember I was in a caravan praying… “Ok God… I know now that serving on the mission field is the way you have for me. However, which country?“ Mozambique came to my mind, but I did not know a lot about this country. I even had to find a map and look where it was. My heart was beating and I told my disciple school small group leader. Three days later I received a missions magazine, where on the front cover in big letters was “Mozambique“. My heart beat quicker…this was a confirmation for me! I was 21 years old and began a lot of short term missions to various countries, like Guyana, Mali and Kosovo. At 28 years old, my dream came true and I started my journey as a long-term missionary in Mozambique.