A WONDERFUL SURPRISE From Drug Addict to Literature Evangelist By Diamantino Sawambo | Huambo, Angola
Christian preachers say that heaven will be full of surprises, especially for missionaries, who, after working tirelessly, never saw the results of their work. But for Teresa Songo, a young student canvasser, the surprise came much sooner.
One Sabbath in 2019, Teresa visited the city of Kuito in Central Angola, Southern Africa, to worship at the Central Kuito Adventist Church. Much to her surprise, a missionary testimony was given about her and her friend, Márcia, during the service.
The year before Teresa and Márcia had worked in Kuito during the student literature evangelist LE program. While canvassing door-to-door they met Mauro in one of the homes they visited. Mauro was particularly interested in the book Only the Brave Win, but he couldn’t afford to buy it. He was impressed by the godly presence of the two LEs.
Márcia (left) with Teresa. Mauro and Teresa on the day of his baptism.
While talking to them, he felt moved to reveal a secret that greatly troubled him: “I can’t sleep without taking drugs,” he said.
As Teresa and Márcia searched for what to say, he added: “That’s not all; I also sell drugs here in Kuito.”
Without hesitation, he cried desperately for help: “No one in my family has this problem except me.”
When they asked, he admitted that he did believe in God. They encouraged him, prayed for him, then went on their way.
Now, a year later, Teresa was hearing Mauro give a testimony in church after he was baptized. He shared how the prayer offered by the two LEs helped him change his life. She couldn’t believe her eyes! Not only did Mauro become a Seventh-day Adventist, he is also a literature evangelist, trying to reach people the same way he was reached. What a wonderful surprise!
Diamantino Sawambo is the Publishing Ministries director of the South-Western Angola Union.
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