Monica Dejiok

I was born in Nasir, South Sudan. Before starting primary school my father passed away, but just before he died he said to my mother, “I have been waiting for you so we could get baptised together at a Seventh day Adventist church, however I’m not going to live long now, so please let our children know about the Seventh Day Adventist church. So when I was 8 or 9, my mother told us the message from our father. Since then my sibling and I have been going to the Seventh Day Adventist church.
I was baptised at the age of 12 and attended youth programs. Whenever the youth went on an outreach I would go with them. It was amazing. I got to know my Bible and how to encourage people through the words of God. I developed a very strong love for people and I wanted to help everyone. My cousins then became Literature evangelists. That was exciting for me because together we had more opportunities to share the gospel. At youth camps, I enjoyed the LE programs more than any other program.
My family moved to Egypt in 2000, but the youth there didn’t do much outreach work in the community. Fortunately the women would go door to door and share the good news to people. I was so happy and joined the women’s ministry. They were so delighted to see me among them, and it also gave me the opportunity to help them to translate from Nuer to Arabic and vice versa.
In December 2004 my family arrived in Melbourne Australia. Life was very difficult because of the culture and language. I started to learn English, but the language barrier made it difficult to continue doing ministry.
From 2006 and 2007 I kept travelling in and out of Australia. Then in January 2010, I came back to Australia and started to go to church. I didn’t have any passion do any work in church because of my lack of English. That was my excuse, but God kept speaking to my heart.
In 2014 I became a Sabbath school teacher and last year I joined the personal ministries. However, I felt I needed to do more, but wasn’t sure how God would direct me. I decided to go door knocking. I also would stand in the train station and talk to people and give them books.
When I met brother Thok, an LE here in Melbourne, he encouraged me to become a Literature Evangelist. I said that I would but kept putting it off. Then on the 19th of November I went to a youth seminar and strongly felt the conviction of the Holy Spirit. I said, “No more excuses. I will be a Literature Evangelist.” I met brother Thok again and he asked me if I was still thinking about Literature Ministry. I replied, “I am now ready to be Literature Evangelist and win souls to God.” Thok then asked me, “When are you available to come with me and see how it works?” I replied, “Tomorrow.”
Yesterday brother Thok took me out to the doors and I was blessed. Late that afternoon I spoke to Joe Paola, LE Team Leader. That evening he emailed to me my LE application forms. I am looking forwarded to serving God in Literature Ministry.
My dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.( 1 Corinthians 15:58)

Thank you brother Joe for this opportunity, may God bless His work abundantly.

Warm Regards
Monica Dejiok.