Taking word of God to remote part of Africa
THIS young woman is giving years of her life to bring the word of God to rural people in Senegal.
Anna Paulson, 27, of North Cotes, flies to Dakar tomorrow, where she will meet a team of people who go into remote African communities to translate the Bible into their native language.
But it's not her first time in the country – she spent the first 12 years of her life living in an impoverished community where her parents did the same thing.
Dad Steve and mum Moira, who is a nurse at Grimsby's Diana, Princess Of Wales Hospital, came back to England for their three daughters' education.
30% off on our collection range and other selected fabrics. alternatively call 809887 and we will bring our samples to you for our friendly hassle free quote.
Contact: 01472 809887
Valid until: Saturday, July 13 2013
This week, Anna will follow in their footsteps and return on the same mission as her parents.
Anna, a former King Edward VI Grammar School and Franklin College student, will spend years of her life in a small community, learning their language and culture before she can accurately start translating The Bible.
Living in such conditions somewhere so remote will be dangerous; Anna almost died when she was three years old after drinking muddy water from a puddle and had to be flown back to the UK for emergency treatment.
However, the Grimsby Baptist Church regular feels that God has called her to undertake this mission with La Mission Évangélique.
She said: "I am obviously nervous and scared because it is a massive task, but I will get through it with my own strength and with God's help."
Anna already has a promising career in the orthoptics department at Grimsby hospital, working with people who have problems with the muscles in their eyes.
However, she felt that she could not refuse this higher calling.
"I enjoy working at the hospital and will miss the patients and staff but this mission is where my heart really is – although I hope I can use my orthoptics skills to help people in Senegal," she said.
"God and Jesus have had such a huge impact on my life, but there are people who have never had that chance to hear his message. The Bible clearly states that God wants followers from every nation, but something like a third of the world's population do not have access to a bible in their own language."
Steve said: "From our time out there, we know that it is a great privilege to go out there and teach the word of God to the warm and welcoming African people."
Share your successes with the Grimsby Telegraph by calling the newsroom on 01472 372236 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org