But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
– 2 Corinthians 12:9
“I have to tell my boss that I’ve been stealing from him, even if I get fired.”
Abena trembled as she told her family, “I will probably lose my job today.” She worked hard to support her family. They didn’t have much so, now and then, she would bring something home with her. She had justified it, thinking, My boss is wealthy. He can afford it and will never miss it.
Listening to God’s Word in her heart language of Saramaccan had changed Abena. Jesus said it was wrong to steal. She had known it all along, but now she had to confess her wrongdoing to her boss. Losing her job meant hunger and possibly homelessness for her and her children, but she had to do what was right.
Before she started work that morning, Abena went to her employer’s office. Sheepishly she admitted, “I have to tell you that I have been stealing from you.” Her heart sank as her boss lifted his head and looked her in the eye.
“I know that many of my workers are stealing from me,” he said. “You are the first person to ever admit it. Thank you for telling me. I forgive you – and you may continue to work for me.”
At the next meeting, Abena encouraged the entire listening group. She said, “Because I heard the Word of God and obeyed Him, I have seen His grace. When you are truthful, God will protect you. I have seen grace upon grace. Grace from God and grace from my employer.”
We are thankful for churches like Calvary Chapel West Grove (Garden Grove, CA), Lake Highlands Church (Dallas, TX), First Baptist Church East Providence (Rumford, RI), Breakthrough Church (Tulsa, OK), Collinsville Congregational Church (Collinsville, CT), and many others for partnering with Faith Comes By Hearing to provide God’s Word in audio, which is changing lives like Abena’s in Suriname and around the world.