As a recent French graduate, I moved to Brussels in search of work and adventure. It was there that I came to faith through friendships with two Christian girls; one a neighbour and the other a colleague. I remember seeing something different in my new friends – they had a certain joyfulness and kindness that intrigued me. After two years of questions and discussions about their faith, I too became a Christian. Although my introduction to Christianity was somewhat gentle and far from extraordinary, my faith was to mature and be sorely tested as the years progressed.
As a brand-new Christian, I then embarked on a new adventure. This time I headed to Botswana, where I was to spend a year as a French interpreter for an overland safari company. I loved the simplicity of life under canvas and the challenge of setting up camp in the bush, watching the animals and taking care of the guests. At night, once everyone was safely tucked up in their tents, I would read my little red Bible by torchlight; often only managing a few verses before falling asleep after the physical activities of the day.
I never thought the day would come when I would have RVN at the end of my name. Two great things have happened since I started my training and, if you asked me 6 years ago, I would have not said they were possible. One was that I achieved my qualification and, secondly, I became a Christian.
When I started my training, I was not a Christian and life was hard. I struggled to pass my exams with all the theory work I had to complete and many times I wanted to give up. Every time I got my exam results and the word fail would be there it knocked my confidence down. Then I started to learn about Jesus and the incredible things He had done for me, the pain and suffering He went through for me. As I learnt more about this amazing person, the more I looked at my own life and I decided to put my trust in Him. My worries and anxieties I could give to Jesus and ask for His help.
When my paper 2 came around again for the final attempt, having failed it 4 times already, I knew that I had Jesus there for me, by my side keeping me strong. I said my prayer before the exam and I had people all over the country praying. I finished the exam and a few moments later my tutor told me that I had passed. I felt so much joy and thankfulness to God. I remember just closing my eyes and thanking God so much for keeping me strong and focused on what I needed to do.