Ordinary Women, Extraordinary God
Accepting Jesus into her heart awakens in Junanite an unqrenchable and satisfying love.
As a child I could sit at my mother’s kitchen table watching the lighthouse on Carboner Island flashing its beacon across the North Atlantic waters, guarding the entrance to Conception, warning ships of the rocks and hidden dangers in the water as they approached shore. Fifty miles away lay Cape Spear, the nose of North America, the most easterly point of land, jutting out into the North Atlantic. I often think back to that lighthouse and the harshness of the seascape. It reminds me now that lives are drifting and in need of a Savior to direct them to safe harbors.
I was raised on the craggy coastline of Newfoundland, the eleventh of twelve children, no stranger to poverty and need. God amazed me with His guidance and provision as He propelled me toward His destiny for me-without much help from me in the beginning.
How does an ordinary girl, born into these conditions and environment end up speaking to international audiences? God has a divine plan for each one of us, and He works in and through us to see His chosen destiny fulfilled. As a young teen, I would sit on the cliffs overlooking the ocean and commune with God. I did not have the revelation of Him as Father that I now know, but back then I was seeking Him the best way I knew how.
"God created us all with a void inside that only He can fill"
At a youth retreat when I was 15 years old, I made a personal commitment to Christ and made a valiant effort of pressing into God. Lack of instruction and the deadness in the Church caused me to look elsewhere for fulfillment and for the next 20 years I drifted, searching for something to fill the void within me.
By the age of 23, I had moved to Toronto, met and married my husband, Gary, who is Jewish, so 7 years later, I converted to Judaism. I pursued my faith wholeheartedly, and attended synagogue regularly, but Gary, a coach, had to spend his Saturdays at track events, so I soon lost interest and then developed a keen interest in the New Age. I trained and became accredited in many areas of this culture, but I was still empty and unhappy.
For 20 years I worked in the corporate world and climbed the ladder of success, eventually becoming the head of security for a large international organization. God created us all with a void inside that only He can fill through a vital relationship with Him.
On May 4, 1984, I had an encounter with Jesus at a summer crusade led by Bill Prankard. I invited Jesus to be my personal Savior and also received the baptism in the Holy Spirit. Since that time I have been filled with an unquenchable appetite for His word and His presence.
I had no defining moment or angelic visitation where God called me into ministry. Instead, He has consistently opened doors before me, and I have walked through them. He has been faithful; and as I have been faithful, He has blessed me with His presence, His anointing and power. His destiny has and is being worked out in my life.
"I am amazed at how God has used me"
Besides teaching, I am involved in counseling ministry and have seen God heal and deliver many people from bondage. One woman from Norway came to TACF for ministry. She used a walker and had lost 20 years memory and had little motor coordination. After 15 hours of ministry dealing with the hurts of life, God completely healed her and gave her back her memory. She is now back home and working, able to play with her young son, something she had dearly longed to do but had been unable to do because of her disabilities.
As I finish writing this, I am flying back from spending 5 days in Sweden teaching and preaching. Over the past ten years, I have traveled to Australia, Europe, the United States and across Canada preaching the gospel as He opens the doors for me. I am amazed at how God has used me to glorify Him.
I once heard it said that God does not call the equipped, He equips the called. I know in my case this is true. I have often felt insufficient for the task at hand, but He is faithful. If He can take me off an island in the North Atlantic and use me for His glory, He can use you.