Mariam lost her livelihood when attackers destroyed her boutique. The attack grew her faith and has given her an opportunity to share the gospel.
Mariam lost her livelihood when attackers destroyed her boutique. The attack grew her faith and has given her an opportunity to share the gospel.
Sep. 02, 2021 | Ethiopia

Christian Businesswoman Bears Witness to Christ Amid Loss

[203] prayers in [16] nations have been posted for Mariam.

Mariam was born and raised in Shashamane. She is the eldest of four siblings, and she works to provide for her aging parents through a boutique she started when she was in her mid-twenties. She is a Christian, having placed her faith in Jesus Christ at a young age. Through her witness, her entire family came to Christ as well. Last year, attackers broke into her boutique, looted all the clothes and destroyed the entire property. Her entire livelihood was lost, but she remained firm in her faith. "Even though I lost all my possessions, I became stronger in my faith. I do not know how that happened," she said. "What people did drew me closer to God. My prayer life became stronger." Mariam was able to receive support from VOM workers to help her rebuild her business. This has given her an opportunity to witness to those in her community who knew about her situation. "When they saw Mariam restarting her business, they asked her, 'Who helped you like this?' This gave Mariam an opportunity to witness to people about the love, kindness and help of God," a front-line worker said. Pray that Mariam's faithful witness will lead many others to faith in Christ.

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  • Lord, we pray for conviction on those who saw the love of the Lord through VOM. Help them to see that the Lord Jesus is a wonderful loving God. May Mariam's witnessing be effective & anointed, so many in the area would come to faith in the Lord. Please continue to provide for, encourage her & bless her. give her great joy so they want what she has
    Anne W - USA
  • Lord, please allow Mariam's business to thrive. Give her a very strong witness for Christ, and may many others come to Christ because of her boldness. Thank You for the work VOM is doing to help her and others around the world. In Jesus' name, amen.
    Tricia G - USA
  • In the forgiving name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, Jehovah El Roi, God Who sees, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we bless You for faithfulness of Mariam. We ask that she not be deceived, for renewed business, a hedge of protection be upon her, and angels directly from heaven minister to her. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • Thank you, Lord God, for faithfully helping Mariam and covering her with your grace and mercy. I thank you for her strength and faith in the time of crisis. Thank you that her desire is to witness for you and your kingdom. I pray that you will give her many opportunities to share the gospel and I pray that her business will thrive. Thank you, Jesus.
    Julia F - USA
  • Oh Lord, thank you SO much for Miriam's faith, and that she is able to be a witness to you in spite of the pressure and the trouble- that her joy in you is infectious! Please Lord, sustain her through all the hard days, where she might be tempted to give up. THANK you for providing for her. Thank you for her witness, and please strengthen her today.
    Margaret M - USA
  • Dearest and most Precious Lord, hear and answer the prayers of your saints for this believer and bless her and all who assist her. May your name be Glorified in this situation. In Jesus name I pray, Amen
    Della H - USA
  • Our Father, you are the one who witnessed to property by the commandment not to steal. The marauders who destroyed Miriam's shop stole from her, but could not steal her faith in you. Fill those who stole with a guilt that will drive them to repent and be influenced by Miriam's love for you. Make her a symbol of Christian love in her community.
    Paul M - USA
  • Lord use Mariams mouth as your own mouthpiece. Let her testimony be strong, let her heart be bold, let her mind be righteous. Let her be obedient fully and let her witness be effective to being many to your Throne of grave and healing. Multiply your kingdom through this servant. Protect & keep her. Make your face to shine on her and be gracious to her.
    Atacy U - USA
  • Lord,
    Thank You for Mariam's faithful witness of Your love even in the face of persecution. Thank You for using this hardship with her business being looted for Your glory. May she have further opportunities to be a witness of your love and I pray that she will lead many others to faith in Christ.
    Lysander S - USA
  • Heavenly Father, thank you for Mariam and the strong faith you have given her. Help her to continue to be a bright shining light for the gospel. Please continue to bless her efforts to support her family and tell others about how she has been helped.
    In Jesus,
    Lis S - USA
  • Father, thank You for Mariam's faith on which she stood to fight the forces of evil. She is a shining example of the part faith plays when faced with trials. She knows Greater is He that lives inside of her than he that lives in the world. May she continue to see Your power alive in her life. In Jesus name, Amen.
    Bruce B - USA
  • Thank you Lord for Mariam who has been able to stand against the devils' schemes and plans. I pray that her story be a witness to many who are seeing the love of God and restoration that has taken place in her life. I pray that multitudes will drawn into Christ through her ministry. I ask all that in the name of Jesus Christ.
    Dumezweni M - South Africa
  • Thank you sweet Jesus for our sister Mariam, and for her witness of you. What a joy to hear her story. I pray Proverbs 16:9
    "That whatever her heart deviseth that she let the Lord directe her steps. "Keep the faith, abide in his words, he will keep you strong. God bless you Mariam.
    Pam W - USA
  • Our Father. I thank You for being loyal to Mariam. Let her live and work for You. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen
    Merike O - Finland
  • Thank You Father God for faithful Mariam, sharing Christ with her now believing family. Thank You for her witness to the community to give You the glory for Your help. May she remain a rock that can't be moved, with an established heart, dependent on You, regardless how things look. Prosper her family to enjoy life and lay up treasures in heaven. Amen.
    Jim E - USA
  • In the marvelous name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, Jehovah Jireh, God Who provides, as brothers and sisters in Christ we adore You for faithfulness of Mariam. We ask that she might know height and depth of Your love, a hedge of protection be upon her and angels directly from heaven minister to her. Amen.
    Gary F - USA
  • Thank you for this wonderful witness. Thank you for comforting your daughter so well. Please continue to use Miriam to lead others to Christ.
    emily g - USA
  • Heavenly Father we thank You for Your provision for Miriam during this difficult time. We pray You continue to grant her strength, courage and faith going forward. May many come to faith as she shares her story of Your love. In Jesus' name Amen.
    Marita J - USA
  • Thank You Father for upholding Mariam during her loss, and for the help of VOM to restart her business. May Your love through Your people towards Mariam continue to serve to draw others to seek after You and find You in Christ. Help Mariam trust You in every circumstance knowing You are her Good Shepherd.
    Carolann P - Canada
  • Lord, I thank You for Mariam's faithfulness. May You continue to strengthen her amidst loss. Let her remember the words of James--that trials produce steadfastness (Cf. James 1:2-4). O, Lord, may she be encouraged with these words! Amen!
    Daniel F - USA
  • Thank you God for Mariam's witness. May many others be drawn to you through her.
    Rebecca H - New Zealand
  • Loving God, praise to You for drawing Mariam to you. Hallelujah that VOM helped her to get her business back up & running. We pray that her courage & faith in You can inspire others to continue when obstacles seem so overwhelming. Protect her business from further theft so she may continue to use earnings to benefit her family. In Jesus Holy name Amen
    Robert C - Canada
  • Lord, I praise you for granting Miriam the strong faith she needed to get through her situation. I ask that you would use her witness in her community to encourage other Christians and reach those who persecute her with your good news. Draw people to her business so that she can support her family. In Jesus's name I pray. Amen.
    Cassie K - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I praise You for Mariam! I pray for her & her family who came to Christ through her witness: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & ;love, committed to Christ. May her witness lead many others to faith in Christ. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Lord,thank you for how you've blessed Mariam and shown her your grace and mercy at a time when many would have given up faith in you, I thank you for strengthening her and cultivating in her a spirit to serve youone that desires you. Meet her needs and restore her business. I pray that she will continue to be a witness & many will knowaccept you!
    Orpha G - USA
  • As Joseph said in Gen 50:20 "You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. " In the same way we praise God for His provision to Mariam through VOM and pray that He will use Mariam mightily as His witness and that this will also lead to the saving of many lives.
    Lynn S - USA
  • Jesus thank you for Mariams strong testimony of faith in you! Continue to use her to speak truth into lives of people she meets. In Jesus name amen.
    David H - USA
  • Holy Father, help my sister Mariam as she tells others about You! Give her strength for every day and protect her from evil. Provide for her needs I pray in the Name of Jesus!
    Jean E - USA
  • Father, thank you for the remarkable faith of your daughter Mariam! Let other's see the strength and courage she is displaying in the midst of tragedy that can only come from You and let it draw them to want to know more and place their faith in Jesus! Please continue to provide for this brave woman and her family. In Jesus Name, Amen.
    Laurie W - USA
  • Father God, thank you for VOM helping Mariam rebuild her business. I praise you, God, for her steadfast faith and witness for you. I pray, God, that You will strengthen her and bless her as she witnesses for Jesus. May many be drawn to Christ through her.
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