A WOMAN TO ADMIRE
Marilyn Miller - Missionary
by Kristen Schafer
My name is Kristen Schafer. I have been
a Christian ever since I was about three years old. I have been
attending the Christian & Missionary Alliance church practically
my whole life. I had always had some interest in missions, but
just a couple of years ago I knew that God wanted me to do something
in that field. About two years ago a Missionary woman by the name
of Marilyn Miller came to our church for the annual Missions week.
She had been in Costa Rica and Cuba. She was an older woman so
of course she had a lot to tell.
Marilyn shared with us that being a
missionary is not something that she had planned to do her whole
life. When she got married thatís when she felt God was telling
her she needed to drop what she was doing in the States and move
to Costa Rica where she would live and preach the gospel. Now,
like most people thatís not was she wanted to do, but she knew
God had a plan and knew that she needed to follow what god was
telling her and her husband to do. So she went.
They were living in the Jungle. The
conditions and places they lived were not the most pleasant places
to be living in. The Jungle, of course, was hot and humid and
had many different kinds of animals that she had never even heard
of before. Many times Marilyn came across things that scared her
or she just didnít want to deal with, but she did because she
knew thatís what God wanted her to do. As she lived in Costa Rica
and went back and forth from Costa Rica to Cuba, she learned many
new things. She invited tribes that were not very pleasant people
to stay in her home and God protected her. She went to Cuba and
many times was in the middle of gunfire, but she never lost her
faith in God. she kept going even when things were the hardest.
So Marilyn hand her husband continued to share the love of God
with the people around them. Many times she and her husband were
the guest of honor at banquets and other formal occasions. Right
now Marilyn is having some physical problems, but through our
prayer we can lift her up to God and God can give her the strength
she needs to keep sharing the message of Jesus Christ. But even
though this is happening, I am sure that this is not keeping her
spirit down. I donít really think Marilyn is that kind of person.
The main reasons why I admire her arenít because she goes overseas,
not because she is loved by so many people, but because when stuff
go tuff she loved God so much that she used that love and put
it into her ministries and no matter what happened she knew that
she had a mission. That mission was to tell people about God.
Even though she wasnít too thrilled with the whole idea about
going to a place where she had never been before, she knew that
was what God was calling her to do and that was what she was going