When the Miracle Comes Slowly
Beatriz Benestad's Remarkable Mission to Colombia
by Beate Benestad
This book is an amazing testimony of how God can use anyone in an impossible situation. It is the remarkable story of a very remarkable lady! Faced with crippling rheumatoid arthritis as a child and having dozens of operations, Beatriz Benestad did not let her disability obliterate her vision. In her life she went on to both practise medicine and serve the Lord.
Having eventually qualified as a Doctor and Psychiatrist, she suffered a terrible accident while at work. This resulted in her being a wheelchair user. However, even that did not blur her vision for serving the Lord as a missionary. Her journey of faith and amazing trust in God led to her become a missionary in Colombia, South America, leading the work of Ellel Ministries there.
Beatriz’s response to her calling and the unmistakeable hallmark of God on every stage of her life will challenge and encourage you. She shares her journey into mission service, despite all the practical difficulties.
For some the miracle does not come overnight. For Beatriz, the real miracle is life itself and the pilgrimage she is on. “It’s easy to forget that if darkness did not exist, I would not be able to rejoice in the light,” she says.
“With human understanding it is impossible to comprehend how Beatriz has been able to handle her difficult and life-long health issues. With her zest for life still intact, she even became a missionary in a country far from familiar shores. When we read her story it is clear that heavenly forces lifted her up, time and time again, and that the Lord keeps her strong, both psychologically and physically, to live on and serve her fellow men.”
– Audun Mosevoll, Norwegian Reviewer
Table of Contents
2 Early Childhood Memories
3 Toy Dogs, Circus Curtains and Being a Child in Hospital
4 Jairus’ Daughter
5 Breathing Space
6 Bright Spots
7 An Important Encounter and an Actual Miracle
8 A Doctor’s Calling
9 In the Dark Valley
11 When What is Frozen Melts – God’s Solutions
15 To Live
17 Peñas Blancas
19 The Testimony of Mosquitoes and Cold Floor Tiles
20 The Sting of Death
21 A Sacrifice
22 The Race of My Life
23 In Green Pastures Beside Still Waters
24 To Paint with Words and Colours
25 To Be in Deep Water