SOUTH AFRICA: " YOUR ZEAL & DETERMINATION ARE AN ENCOURAGEMENT TO US ALL!"
It is so
encouraging to read of the faith and strength that all our disabled brothers
display, I want to apologize today for not always having that same zeal and
determination and I am not sick in any way.. Thanks for your encouraging
experiences may Jehovah's spirit guide and protect your work always .. loving
Didi Smith, Primrose Congregation, SOUTH AFRICA
DENMARK: "YOU EXALT THE NAME OF JEHOVAH & PROVE THE DEVIL A LIAR"
Hi, Dearest bros and sis all around the world !!! WOW!!, after reading some of these really "deep" feelings expressed by you bros & sis dealing every single day with these kinds of disabilities and problems...and you survive and serve Jehovah! Doing this you exalt the name of our loving father Jehovah and prove that Satan is such a liar..
it so difficult for me to express, when not having to struggle with it myself.
Can only say.. that I then may feel ashamed about the way I sometimes feel sorry
for myself because I do not have any reason for doing so.----- Anyway dearest
bros & sis I want you to know I
will pray for you so PLEASE keep fighting...keep it that way !!! and Jehovah will BLESS YOU and your efforts. I just wanted to share my thoughts with all of you. May Jehovah look after
you and your families.
"I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM OTHERS WHO SUFFER FROM CFS & FIBROMYALGIA"
IT'S SO ENCOURAGING TO SEE ALL THESE EXPERIENCES regarding persons and their disabilities and still serving Jah whole-souled! I have suffered from CFS for the past few years and although it is not a disability that is visible for the most part, it is limiting my service to Jah . I find that my energy levels are not what they used to be before the illness. Along with CFS I also have a mild case of Fibromyalgia which is thought by some to be the same illness, both being auto-immune disorders. I would love to hear from any who suffer with CFS as well especially those who have been helped by alternative therapies and the like. Thanks for having this great and encouraging website for the glorification of Jehovah's name despite our trials and illnesses. How happy we are that those things will soon be gone and we shall all live pain free in the new system of things to come. Rev. 4: 1-3
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PUTTING ASIDE THE "THORNS IN THE FLESH"
I AM DEAF AND AN ELDER with the Sign Language congregation in Warren, Mi (near Detroit). This is a very encouraging site to visit, for me especially as I have many people that my wife and I care for....congregation members, mother and father in law, daughter, etc. who have different disabilities and illnesses that would seem to prevent the average person from leading productive lives. But as Jehovah's people, they overcome or put aside these "thorns in the flesh" to continue to serve their God above. Please continue this fine work, and I for one, will continue to refer others to this site for encouragement. May Jehovah bless you.
Ramsey Michigan, USA
"I CRY MY EYES OUT EVERY TIME I VISIT THIS BEAUTIFUL SITE!"
Every time I visit this beautiful site I find more encouragement. Every time I visit I also cry my eyes out. I think there's something I need in here! I am severely hearing impaired and I also have Fibromyalgia. I have worked hard to develop a positive attitude, so I look much healthier than I usually feel.
My daughter has a rare bolic disease called Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome. She is totally well between episodes, and some think she's just "nervy" and could control her condition if she really wanted to. We both can really relate to the comments from others regarding empathy...and we ALL need to show more of that quality to others. This site is a reminder that human beings need compassion and ONGOING SUPPORT, not judgment. My favorite scripture is Prov. 13:12: "Expectation postponed is making the heart sick, but the thing desired is a tree of life when it does come." I remind myself of this often. Thank you again for all your hard work and the love that you show for the brotherhood, especially those with disabilities of all kinds. I am much wiser now that I've found this well of information and the heartwarming stories within.
Biggs, Oregon, U.S.A.
"YOU ARE A GREAT ENCOURAGEMENT TO ME"
Oh Jehovah; what can I say; I have just finished reading the comments of the disabled, I feel so ashamed; not of them or of their situation, but of mine. I'm not disabled. I'm 47 years young, some physical problems, but nothing like these sisters and brothers are going through, and have been through. I got baptized almost 14-years ago. Some where I have lost my Joy, my zeal, my zealous love for the preaching work.
I love talking to people. I have always had jobs that involve talking to people, I'm not afraid, to speak my mind, although in the preaching work, I have never done that. I don't want to find an excuse for the way I feel, because we all have rough times, and from what I just read some are rougher than others. As a healthy person we forget our disabled sisters and brothers.
I know that some of the things that make me depressed, I'm sure I have brought on myself, but I know something else is wrong, and I can't seem to find out what it is. I didn't mean to start out with my problems, I REALLY WANT TO COMMEND ALL THE BROTHERS AND SISTERS THAT ARE BEARING UP UNDER WHAT THEY ARE DEALING WITH!
You are a "GREAT ENCOURAGEMENT" to me. I have already signed up to AUXILIARY PIONEER for the month of April and May.
Please brothers and sisters pray for me to grab hold and not let go. Also my prayers are with you, THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
Email: "You are a great encouragement to me" at
"The Disabled Will Never Know..."
I just wanted to say what an inspiring website! I am printing out info for my husband to read. Keep up the good work. The disabled will never know THE ENCOURAGEMENT THEY GIVE TO US who are in relatively good health! I want to sent them ALL my love. I will try to get the poem to you I wrote about my husband being disabled and how Jehovah never forgets the love any of us show to him. Love, Grace
Grace Straley Washington, USA 1/99
"I AM GRATEFUL TO HAVE A SITE LIKE THIS"
Our daughter is sick with cancer and it has been a tremendous strain on us. However, Jehovah has had everything under control the whole time. Looking back on the last year and a half I can't say that anything bad has come from this situation, only good.
Jehovah has used it to help his organization with the blood issue, Cheyenne has set two new precedents, we've been able to witness to many people at the hospital thru our conduct and speech, and it has brought the congregations in our area a lot closer. Even though I appreciate all of that, it is still difficult because nobody really understands what we're going thru. That's why I am grateful to have a web site like this. It expresses feelings that I have and I know that we're not the only ones going thru some horrible situation. Not that I want others to go thru stuff, but since they are it is nice to have the support there.
probably going to take a while to be able to read the experiences because it
still hurts too much to read about things happening to our brothers and sisters,
it just hits to close to home. But I do want to say that we're all in this
together, Jehovah will never leave us, and that I LOVE EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU
FOR STAYING FAITHFUL TO JEHOVAH NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS. It makes me feel
stronger. Thank you for providing an area where I can express my feelings to
people that I know will understand. It's just another way that Jehovah is taking
care of us all with extreme conditions. Much love to all,
Johnna Minear, Wisconsin, USA
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ENCOURAGING TO SEE DETERMINATION & ZEAL
Dear Brothers and Sisters - this is a really wonderful Website. Being disabled myself it is really upbuilding and most encouraging to see the determination and zeal others with infirmities are showing in serving our most wonderful and loving God, Jehovah.
As an article featuring an experience recently highlighted, "Don't look to the left, don't look to the right Look straight ahead and carry on." Serving Jehovah does not give us time or the desire to feel sorry for ourselves as we have such a truly great hope not very far ahead of us now. All we need is to keep faith and endure either to the end of our life or to the end of this system whichever may overtake us first. In doing so, Jehovah assures us of a better and full life where all our desires will be realized:
"LOOK! NOW IS THE DAY OF SALVATION." 2 Corinthians 6:2.
Christian love to all. Please feel free to e-mail me.
Numbers 6:24-26 to you all.
Your loving brother in the UNITED KINGDOM - Anthony (Tony) Shelton firstname.lastname@example.org
"MAKES YOU THINK: '..AM I REALLY DOING ALL THAT I CAN DO?' "
What a wonderful and encouraging page! . It is good to see how so many are serving God with great joy in spite of severe problems. It kind of makes you stop and think: "Am I REALLY doing ALL that I can do"? Jehovah be with you. Numbers 6:24-26 =^..^=
John, Tennessee, USA 1/99
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