Today, we cross a new threshold here at Guyana Glimpses with the start of a new series: Publisher Profile!
Publisher Profile is sequence of posts that will be featured regularly on this blog. Each post will include a candid, one-on-one interview with a publisher, as well as photos of him or her in action! Our first publisher to mark the debut of this new series is Angelica!
Angelica was baptized in August of 2012 and has been a wonderful asset to our congregation ever since. She never misses a meeting, is super-regular in field service, and never far from her side is her energetic daughter Sholanna. You could almost call Sholanna Angie’s shadow since the two of them are never far apart. It’s so beautiful to see mom and daughter serving Jehovah side by side!
So without further ado, here is my interview with the lovely Angelica!
Q: How did you come to learn about Jehovah?
A: My Mom studied the Bible when I was growing up, and as she progressed, she would take us to the meetings. It was through my Mom that I learned about Jehovah and his qualities. It wan’t until 2008 that I personally began studying the Bible.
Q: What made you want to serve Jehovah?
A: The love I experienced from the brothers and sisters, especially the sister who studied with my Mom. She’s in Trinidad now. I learned about how merciful Jehovah is, and that is still my favorite quality of his. I’m glad to know I serve such a merciful God.
Q: What challenges have you faced?
A: Before becoming a witness I struggled with my own personal weaknesses. I used to be angry a lot, and I had a difficult time controlling my tongue.
Q: Really? You? I find that hard to believe!
A: Yes! I used to always say exactly what was on my mind without thinking. I love the scripture at James 3:8 that states that not one man can tame the tongue, because it helped me to see that my struggle is the same one that all of us face.
Q: What blessings have you received?
A: So many! Both spiritual and material. It’s a blessing to be a part of Jehovah’s organization, a blessing to know and understand the Bible, and to help my daughter to love Jehovah. No matter what I ask Jehovah for, he gives it to me. The spiritual blessings come right away; if I ask Jehovah for something to aid me spiritually, he answers that prayer in no time at all. But sometimes the material blessings take a little more time. Still, Jehovah always answers my prayers. Since being baptized I haven’t missed one assembly or convention. I tell my husband (who is not a witness) that however much money he gives me to attend the convention or assemblies, Jehovah will repay him double that amount. And Jehovah always does, every time.
Q: Wow! Seriously?
A: Yes. Double, every time.
Q: What is your favorite society publication?
A: The Prodigal Returns DVD. I love the way the father deals with his son so humbly and patiently. And I love the Walk by Faith DVD.
Q: What is your favorite scripture?
A: Psalm 34:8 which says, “Taste and See that Jehovah is good.” It really is true – everything I ask Jehovah for, he gives me, and I have seen that he is good. And Isaiah 65:21 which states, “They will build houses and live in them, and they will plant vineyards and eat their fruitage.”
Q: Do you realize that both of your favorite scriptures have to do with food or tasting?
A: (laughing) I never noticed that!
Angelica in Action:
Sholanna in action:
Angelica, Sholanna, Vivica, and Samantha
Thanks, Angelica, for your wonderful and encouraging experience! Who will be the next interviewee on Publisher Profile? Check back soon to find out!