Overcoming Obstacles

Stories May 6, 2021

When I was 7 years old I discovered canvassing. Two student literature evangelists (LEs) were canvassing my mother when I asked, “What’s canvassing?”

They replied: “Canvassing is working side by side with God.” At that moment the desire to be part of this consecrated ministry was born in me.

When I was 19 I decided to make this dream come true. I asked God to prepare me professionally, to allow me to serve Him better,  and to do my job efficiently. Thanks to the canvassing work, I was able to further myself academically. I have a bachelor’s degree in family science and a master’s degree in family therapy.

I now work as a full-time LE in Villahermosa, in the state of Tabasco, Mexico. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, all local businesses and shops closed. With no means of transportation in the city, Villahermosa became like a ghost town. It was and continues to be a critical situation.

I was ready to go to work but suffered an accident that disabled me and kept me from walking for two months. I prayed that God would allow me to find a suitable means to continue working without putting my health at risk. That’s how I came across the WhatsApp Business application, a tool that allows companies to communicate with their customers quickly. The app took me about a month and a half to learn its maximum benefit and potential. After setting up my business profile, I shared my direct link to the health and lifestyle catalog. My first client purchased books worth $3,800 Mexican pesos (approximately US$180).

I have also been using Zoom to provide psychotherapy workshops to my patients. After sharing the workshop, I invite my patients to buy books. In September, an electric company invited me to give workshops to its employees about values, living a healthy lifestyle, and techniques to handle crises. Personnel who want to buy books from me can deduct the cost directly from their payroll.

We have a wonderful, powerful God who is an expert in the impossible. We can trust Him. As we commit ourselves to this holy ministry we will see the wonders and blessings of God in our lives, even in times of crisis.

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Elizabeth Rosado Zapata is a full-time literature evangelist in the Central Tabasco Conference in Mexico.