Chapter 6 - Getting to Know The Challenge

At twenty-five years old with a high school diploma and years of Bible training and teaching experience behind me, I felt I was quite well-equipped to begin my work. I was anxious to get started.

Erna Mae and I immediately started studying Afrikaans, Zulu and Sesuto. Later our work developed into ten different languages, but we only studied those three.

Traveling among the black Africans was an altogether different life from anything I had experienced. The physical differences were adjustments we had to make, but those were not our greatest concerns. The more far-reaching issues in Africa were the spiritual, and the social.

Although my training and skills were important, and the patience and endurance were necessary, they alone would not be enough for me to be able to help my people. I had to have divine inspiration, the anointing of the Holy Spirit and the power of God working through me. I needed to keep myself constantly dedicated to God and to His calling. Only then could I be effective.