I am so thankful for this opportunity to share God’s grace in my life.
I am now 45 years old. I was raised in the Faroe Islands, which is in-between Norway and Iceland. Hearing about Jesus Christ and how it is only by grace through faith in Him that we are saved from eternal separation from God, I believed and accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior when I was 7 years old. I was baptized at 11 because I knew it was the right thing to do. I didn’t understand it all so clearly but I believed what I understood.
When I was a teenager I became more interested in all things that God knew would hurt me, but I chose not to believe Him. I followed my desires, thinking I knew better than God. This led my life away from God and into a sin-filled life: drugs, promiscuity, and living for what I wanted to do. I worked hard and partied hard.
I moved to England when I was 17 and stayed there until I was 23 years old. But when I moved back to the Faroe Islands, my ‘crazy life’ continued. I even worked on a fishing trawler for two years, which was a rough life but I enjoyed it.
I was almost 30 years old when I saw myself in all the mess I had created and God, in His grace, called me back to Himself. He allowed me to see how far I had wandered away from Him. He offered me a new beginning with Him. I’m so thankful I chose His way and left my own way.
Before my new beginning with God, I had my own plans. I intended to move to Scotland maybe to study but I didn’t find anything there. When God wanted me to follow Him, I didn’t know where to go. I asked Him and He laid in my heart to go to a Bible school to learn about Him. I called a friend who had studied there. After we talked, I decided I would go. The funny thing was, I realized afterward, it was in Scotland. This was such a great gift from God. Praise the Lord!
While at Bible school, I heard about people around the world really wanting to get to know God but there weren’t enough Christians willing to go. I said, “Lord, if you want me to go, I will go.” I had peace about it so I went to England for a year to do mission training. While I was there, there was so much talk about the Philippines and I thought maybe I should go to the Philippines. Again, I had peace about that decision. I didn’t actually know anything about the Philippines back then. But now I know it is so much fun to be there and God knew I’d love it, even before I had seen a jeepney. 😁
And He (Jesus) said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. (Luke 10:2; Matthew 9:37-38)Tweet
After mission training in England, I came to Manila in 2006 with New Tribes Mission. I did some Tagalog study and worked at our Mission Centre for 2 years. Then I moved to Malaybalay City, Bukidnon where I did some Visayan study and again worked at our Mission Center there. I stayed in Malaybalay for 6 years then I moved back to Manila to help in our office and in our Mission Center. All in all, I was in the Philippines for 10 years. For that, I am very thankful. It was more than just fun; I loved it.
I believe God used me in His work while I was in the Philippines and I am forever thankful. He had worked a lot in my personal life. The Philippines was the best place for me to be at that time.
Then I had peace about moving again in 2016. This time I went to Austria, in the middle of the Alps, to study at a Bible Centre. I stayed there for a year. It was like taking a year out to study, enjoy God and nature, be with a lot of Christians, and get refreshed . It really did refresh me. It was amazing.
When that year finished in 2018, I moved back to the Faroe Islands where I now live and work. I work as a building painter and the Lord has even provided me with my own place.
The Lord has been very gracious to me. Though I have not been faithful in all things, He remained faithful to me. He is still working in and thru my life, which is a miracle in itself.
Now it is 2019 and I have been back home for 1,5 years. I am grateful for this opportunity. I had the privilege to visit the Philippines again in February this year and it was of course amazing.
I want to say that the Lord is worth waiting for. He said: “I am the LORD; those who hope in Me will not be disappointed” (Isaiah 49:23).
I am the LORD; those who hope in Me will not be disappointed (Isaiah 49:23).Tweet
This is an amazing promise that spoke to me again today as I write this, and it helps me to wait on the Lord and hope in Him. And He promised that I will not be disappointed. Our heart’s desire is God Himself first and foremost. He is whom we were created for and our main purpose is to enjoy Him and glorify Him forever.
For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. (Romans 5:10)Tweet
Hi! My name is Anja Nielsen, I was born in 1974 in Klaksvík, Faroe Islands. I am an only child but I was never a lonely child. 😊 I was raised hearing about Jesus and I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior at an early age but I spent most of my life away from God. By His grace, I returned to Him 16 years ago and I praise Him for that.
What my future holds, only the Lord knows. I trust Him fully to guide me, provide for me. And because He has promised that He will never leave me, I know that I will never be alone. That peace and knowledge make me hopeful for my future and I praise the Lord for that.