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EVERYONE HAS A STORY - THIS IS MINE!
Pamela Wieler ~ CB I ‘98, CB II ‘00
~ Missionary to UGANDA
Everyone has a story that is personal and special. Some are shy in telling their story; others are bold. Finding our place in missions can
be scary, but it can also be faith-strengthening. My story gets written each day, and I am thankful for the Lord’s Leading.
I surrendered to full time Christian service at sixteen. After attending the International Conference on World Evangelism in 1993, the
Lord stirred my heart for foreign missions. I was able to go to Costa Rica in 1994 on my first mission’s trip. While passing out tracts there
and seeing people stop to read them, the Lord kept giving me the thought, “You can do this full time!” It was a blessing to see that there
were some people interested in God’s gift, Jesus Christ.
I went to college and studied elementary education and missions. This was a miracle in my story as I had told the Lord I would never be
a teacher—it was what my grandmother, mother and sister were—I wanted to do my own thing. The Lord had other plans and gave
me a love for teaching!
During CAMP BIMI I in 1998, we watched BIMI presentations about different fields of service. The one about Uganda grabbed my heart.
The Lord began working! The work in Soroti, Uganda, was just beginning—just a plan to build a church and boarding school for orphans.
In 1999, I went on my second mission’s trip, this time to Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa, to help the Bob Mach family. While there, the Lord
placed a desire on my heart to get more Bible teaching. I truly did not want to get a Master’s degree, but it was the Lord writing my story.
Graduation came in 2000, and I attended CAMP BIMI II. Africa was certainly on my mind and in my heart! However, I knew I needed
teaching experience before going overseas. I taught at Pensacola Christian Academy for four years, which allowed me to work on my
Master’s degree in Bible Exposition.
During those four years, I had the opportunity to assist at CAMP BIMI two times in between graduate classes. I was happy and
content. Life was good. But in the back of my mind was the burning desire for foreign mission work.
I needed to step out in faith to pursue the rest of my story. In 2004, I moved back home and immediately went to Ecuador to help a
missionary family for a few weeks. I saw the struggle the wife had in not having time to invest in the ladies of their work like she wanted
to. I could teach the children which would allow the missionary wife to do ministry. Bad idea? No. Wrong desire? No. But, it wasn’t the
story God was writing for me.
I came home and concentrated on my new third graders. Two months later, I received a CAMP BIMI prayer loop email with a ministry
need for Uganda. I delayed responding about this opportunity because I thought it would never be something I could do—a year
in Africa by myself?
After two weeks, I had peace to contact Mrs. Baughman, and she got me in touch with the missionaries. One year replacing a furloughing
missionary in the same ministry that had broken my heart back in 1998, could this be my story?
By February 2005, I knew it was. I thought this would be a good test to see if I could live overseas, if I could handle African life, and if
I would find my fit in foreign service.
The Lord worked amazingly, and I raised enough support for one year in just three weeks! I finished teaching in early June, attended
Candidate School, and arrived in Uganda on July 4 th !
This was my fit—my place in missions—my story was going to be written from Uganda and I’ve never looked back!
The rest of my story is unlike most missionary stories as far as deputation and furloughs, but life in Uganda has kept me busy. The
• On Saturdays I hold a Bible club in a strong Muslim
area. Many children have accepted Christ as Lord
• Sundays allows work in a village church plant 40
minutes away. Some of my faithful children have
now grown up and are helping me teach Sunday
School! I then teach Bible at a local private school
• Monday through Friday, I am the principal and one
of the teachers at Independent Baptist School, our
orphan boarding school. I will never completely
understand the hardships the orphans have gone
through. Being closely involved in their lives is a
blessing. I am glad this is part of my story.
Each field is different. Talents and gifts are unique.
There’s one puzzle, millions of pieces. What is
your story? Have you found your place in missions?
Wonderful! Continue to be faithful. Still searching?
Great! Do not back down, because the Lord is
writing your story, and it is one of a kind!
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