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

[224] prayers in [17] 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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  • Thank you for Mariam's growing faith& witness to Christian love&unity. Let this visible example draw seekers to the true God who loves them. We pray for the attackers that they would look deeper into this God who forgives, cares for his own&hears their prayers. Pls bless Mariam&her business to BE a blessing in her community. Open hearts to the gospel!
    Jane G - USA
  • Dear Jesus our Lord and Savior, thank you for Mariam, the beautiful soul that she is. Thank you for her inspiration to help me sacrifice without limit in obedience to You. I pray for a hedge of protection around Mariam and that her light that comes from You will shine for others to see and hearts and mind changing all around her.
    Saba S - USA
  • Dear Jesus, thank you for this beautiful and courageous woman. Please bless her buisness and prosper her. Thank you for her willingness to tell others about You. Bless her more than she can imagine.
    Patrecia J - USA
  • Father, thank you so much for how you have worked in Mariam's situation and how you have restored her business. I pray that she will continue to grow in her understanding and faith and that you will continue to bring many opportunities to use this situation as a testimony of Christ and his faithfulness.
    Vicki W - USA
  • Dear Heavenly Father,
    Bless Mariam, our courageous sister, who has glorified Your name even in trials. May we learn from her! Through her witness, may many more come to know You and Your love. Bless and provide for her and her family.
    In the name of Jesus, Amen
    Madison F - USA
  • Dear Lord, may your strengthening of Miriam's faith and the restoration of her livelihood in in the face of loss and persecution be a witness that draws many to the message of Christ, even her very persecutors. Amen.
    Tom H - USA
  • Father continue to provide & protect Mariam. May her business be blessed, & May your name be glorified in Ethiopia. Give her many opportunities to share your goodness to her to others. Open their hearts to Jesus love & forgiveness. Bring a peaceful joy to her shop that people may feel your glorious presence. In Jesus Name, Amen.
    SM D - USA
  • Thank You for the ways You have blessed and used Mariam's faith in You. May she continue to grow and mature as she trusts You with each new day, and may her life bear more and more gospel fruit. Please allow her to have many conversations with those whose hearts have been prepared to hear and respond to the gospel.
    Danielle H - USA
  • Lord I praise You for Mariams faith and pray for those who she has witnessed to. I pray the roots of her evangelism would grow deep and that many would be saved through her sharing of faith. I pray for her family and her as they rebuild their business and for her to remain steadfast in You. I pray for peace and courage and continued evangelism.
    Joy H - USA
  • Thankyou Father for Mariam. I thankyou that she is continuing to hold strong in her faith & commitment to live for you. Bless her as she blesses others. Your will be done in her life each day.
    Tracey B - USA
  • Father, Thank you for Mariam's faith in the midst of great loss. Thank you for providing for her needs and allowing her to restart her business. May her witness serve to shine your light to the people around her. May those who destroyed her business come to know you. Thank you that her family knows you. May the faith of Mariam build my faith.
    Laurie P - USA
  • Father, we praise You for Mariam's strong faith and that she loves to share Jesus with others. We pray Your continued blessing on her and protection and growth of her business. May she continue to grow in the love and faith in her Lord Jesus Christ. Thank You that VOM came through in a clinch. We praise You O God for Your goodness.
    Gail M - USA
  • Heavenly Father, we praise Your Name, thank you for Miriam. May her faith increase and her witness become bolder and stronger. May her family's faith grow. Convict the persecutors. lead them to repentance.
    Ava P - Jamaica
  • Jesus, thank you for Mariam. I praise you for her salvation and the light she is to her family & others in her community! I pray that through this storm & restoration of her business, you continue to bring opportunities her way to witness to others about your salvation & great love Father God. I pray her faith continues to grow and deepen in you Jesus.
    Katherine S - USA
  • Thank you , Lord, for the faithfulness of our sister - to You and her family. Thank You that You are using what the enemy meant for evil to bring blessing. Prosper her testimony, and may those who hear about her situation give glory to our Father in Heaven, and not to any foreign source. May her testimony center on Your love and care for Your own.
    Toni D - USA
  • Dear Lord, I thank you for the powerful testimony that Mariam's life is to Your Goodness and Faithfulness. May you continue to provide for her out of Your Glorious riches Christ Jesus. May her faithful witness lead others to Christ in Jesus' Name!!
    Jennifer T - USA
  • Holy Father, thank You for bringing Mariam's business out from the ashes and allowing it to blossom again. Continue to surround her with people who need to know about You, and for her to use her struggles and blessings as a witness to Your love. In Jesus' name, Amen
    Elizabeth S - USA
  • Almighty God and Creator of the universe. We praise You, we worship You and we love You. You are faithful and true. Your our strength, peace and joy. There is non like You! Glory and Honor is yours! Thank you Lord Jesus for Mariam and for her faithfulness. Protect her, provide for her and use her to spread the Gosepl of Christ. In Jesus Name Amen.
    Alvin A - USA
  • Lord thank you for Mariam, for using her as such a strong witness for you! Thank you for filling her with your Holy Spirit & using her to share with her family, friends, neighbors, & those in the community who may not yet know you. Please bless her business, help it to grow even more, please move in the hearts of her attackers. Thank you Jesus, AMEN!
    Niccole E - USA
  • Heavenly Father, I thank you for what you have done in this woman, I pray that others come to believe in You as she does. Her Faith is strong and I pray she can help others have just as strong a Faith. I keep her in my prayers and my heart. In Jesus name I pray Amen
    Elizabeth C - USA
  • Father, thank you for showing your love and grace to Mariam and for growing her faith in Lord Jesus. Thank you for restoring her business and how this is giving her an opportunity to share You with others. Continue to provide for Mariam and her family and protect them from evil. Meet all her needs as she hopes in You. Amen.
    Vicki Y - USA
  • 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
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