Ever since I was little girl, I was instructed in God’s ways and one of my aspirations was to serve in any branch of His work. My dream was to go to a missionary school, so when I finished my high school studies; I decided to do a canvassing work. I did not have enough money to go to a missionary school, and I wanted to start serving God. In a very evident way God told me: “You will not serve me as a canvasser, I have a different work for you.”

In January of the year 2013, I went to a seminar that Canvassing Department from my country was giving, and I registered myself as a full time canvasser; but coming back from that seminar a tragedy happened that would change my plans completely. While I was in a bus travelling to my home, the bus was shot by criminals and I was hurt in my back by a stray bullet. I almost died but God in His mercy saved my life.

I was hospitalized for many days and remained at home in recovery for a full year. I received physical therapy treatments for my lung and arm. During this time, I was constantly wondering why God allowed this to happen to me if my goal was to serve Him? At the end of 2013, I did not know what to do. I was stuck. It was then that my mother said, “You should study at the university!” My initial reaction was to reject her suggestion. This was not my plan! I wanted to be a canvasser! However, I later decided to study for a career that would allow me to serve God. I decided to become a math teacher with the plan of working with our church school. I would have a profession and still be able to serve God. Finally, I understood all the things that God had allowed to hap- pen in my life, and I am completely sure that this was God’s plan for me.

In 2017, I began work as a teacher in the Dr. Andres Vesalio School that belongs to our church in El Salvador. Since my first day of teaching, I have been really blessed to share and teach the children, not only math but also God’s love and His com- mandments. It has been a wonderful experience that has helped me grow both spiritually and intellectually. Today, I serve as the school’s principal.

“The true object of education is to fit men and women for service by developing and bringing into active exercise all their faculties…                                                                                                                             The Lord calls upon the youth to enter our schools and quickly fit themselves for active work. Time is short. Workers for Christ are needed everywhere. Urgent inducements should be held out to those who ought now to be engaged in earnest effort for the Master.” – Counsels to Parents, Teachers and Students, p. 493.

by Sara Zelaya
Bachelor in Mathematics for Primary Education, El Salvador

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