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Lisa Isaak

Lisa Isaac

A Young Woman with a Big Decision to Make

Lisa sits at her table in the dental lab, carefully working on some dentures. As she concentrates on the object in her hands, she tells me her story:

Lisa spends the first six months of her life in a German village in Kazakhstan; this country between the Caspian Sea and the Altai Mountains had 17 million inhabitants before the collapse of the Soviet Union. When Kazakhstan declares its independence in 1990, 2 million people, primarily Germans and Russians, leave their adopted homeland. Lisa remembers how her parents sold the family home, exchanging the proceeds for non-cash assets as the emigrants are not allowed to leave with large sums of money.

Lisa´s life continues in Michelstadt/Hesse, Germany, where she trains as a dental lab technician after leaving school. She enjoys her work and now she could put down roots and settle, but deep within she senses there is something else…as a believer in Jesus Christ it is her desire to serve God in her profession.

In 2008 she takes part in a 2 month missionary trip to Indonesia, then attends Bible school in Oberhof for 6 months and her desire to serve as a missionary in the so-called Third World grows. She searches the internet for a suitable job as a dental technician abroad but after a year and a half, she still has not been able to find anything.

In 2008 she takes part in a 2 month missionary trip to Indonesia, then attends Bible school in Oberhof for 6 months and her desire to serve as a missionary in the so-called Third World grows. She searches the internet for a suitable job as a dental technician abroad but after a year and a half, she still has not been able to find anything.

She then makes a momentous decision – if she can´t find a place as a missionary in her own profession, she is prepared to re-train as a nurse and in summer 2010 applies for a training position at three German hospitals. At Easter 2011 she receives an offer from a hospital in Stuttgart and has two weeks to sign the contract and return it to her future employer.

Lisa has no peace at all. The contract lies on her desk but she is not really sure whether this really is the right way for her. She prays for guidance. The days go by….had n´t an acquaintance said something about a mission hospital in Peru? Lisa surfs the internet and clicks on the Diospi Suyana website….she can´t believe her eyes…the heading is about a dental clinic in Peru.

She immediately contacts the Diospi Suyana German office and a few days later more information arrives by post, including an invitation to a day conference in June for those considering serving with Diospi Suyana. But June is too late; she only has a week to make her decision.

Monday evening …today she has to sign the contract and get it in the post. With a heavy heart she reaches for her pen and signs her name. As she does so, she catches sight of her laptop open on the desk..an email has just come in. It is from somebody called Dr. John, asking if they can talk.

The next day, the mission doctor invites her to Peru and instead of the training contract, Lisa sends her apologies to Stuttgart.

She has been living in the Andes in Peru since February 2012. She does not receive a salary from Diospi Suyana but is financially supported by a small group of friends. Lisa is content. She can do what she has always wanted to do – to serve God with her professional skills. It is a blessing to the Quechua Indios as Lisa makes them German quality dentures and bridges, and the quality really is not bad.

Summarizing, we can conclude that God´s timing is perfect. We may ponder back and forth but when it gets five till twelve, God takes action – often in the breath-taking way He did with Lisa.

 

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