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Calling: The Long Way to China

Wilma Kasten '47

After I graduated from Greenville, I went to Oakdale, Kentucky, to serve. I felt God was calling me to China so this was to be an "experience before you go to the mission field." It turned out to be eleven years of "experience.”

Then I felt God leading me to Kentucky Mountain Bible Institute for two years and then to work as the housekeeper at the headquarters of Peniel Mission in San Francisco. There, I attended and helped [with the work] in a Chinese church. The Lord gave me some good Chinese friends.

17 Years Later, An Open Door

Chinese DragonIn 1964, God opened the door for me to go to Taiwan, where I enjoyed two years of language study with World Gospel Mission. In 1967, I transferred to the Free Methodist Mission and began helping in that work. A large part of my work was teaching at Holy Light Bible School/College/Seminary, but I also helped in planting and sustaining churches.

In 1993, I retired, came back to the U.S., lived in Iowa and did deputation. In 1994, I moved back to my home state of Michigan but not to the area where I had grown up (the “thumb”). I came to Midland because I had found out there were many Chinese people here. Immediately, I began to attend a Chinese Bible study in Midland and later started to attend one in Mt. Pleasant, about 30 miles away.

God Still Leads

Next week I turn 91, but God still gives me things to do for Him, like lead a small Bible study in our Free Methodist church, tell a Bible story to the Chinese children who accompany their parents to the Bible study, mentor a girl through Kid’s Hope, and teach an adult Sunday school class. God is very good, all of the time.

Something I’ve Learned About Calling

It is a long, long way to get to the place to which He called you. You can rely on God!


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This story was published on September 26, 2016

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