Hello, my name is Elizabeth Even. I live with my husband and two children in Heidelberg, South Africa. Our older son and his wife live in the States.
When I was a young girl, I went to church with my parents. We went to church every Sunday. One night, when I was eight years old, I began to ask my parents questions about Jesus and his death and resurrection. I knew of the stories and the teachings of Jesus, but I did not have a personal relationship with him. After talking to my parents, I realized when they explained about sin, which is something you do wrong (I was 8 at the time), so bad things were not listening to my parents or fighting with my sisters. I felt bad for the things I had done and knew Jesus died to reconcile those sins. I had sins in my life even at a young age and recognized those as sins.
I had a void that could only be filled by Jesus. I was missing something that I saw in other people. They had a joy and a peace in their lives no matter the circumstances. I knew I was a sinner and Jesus came to save me from those sins. So I prayed a simple prayer. Jesus came into my heart and changed my life. My life since I became a believer has been full of joy and sorrow, but in the hard times and easy times I have Jesus Christ to guide me, to give me joy, to be my friend, and to be my Father. He is the author of eternal life. I can always depend on him even when my family and friends disappoint me.
Right now in my life, I have a wonderful family. I am a homemaker and a missionary. My husband, David and I will be married 20 years this coming January. I have 2 sons and a daughter and daughter-in-law. Andrew and his wife, Elizabeth, live in Arkansas. Matthew is 17 and in Grade 11 and Grace is 15 and in grade 9. Their school is year round from January to December. David and I weren’t always missionaries and still 8 years later calling myself a missionary is weird. A missionary is someone/anyone who tells people about the love of Christ whether it’s across the street or around the world. I worked as a pharmacist until we heard the call to move to South Africa and work with J-Life Africa. Jesus’s Life is a ministry that helps disciple young people into deeper believers so they can pass on the gospel.
As a mom and missionary, I depend on my relationship with Jesus Christ to raise my children and share with them and the people of South Africa the love of Christ. J-Life Ministries is based in South Africa, but the ministry is in 25 countries in Africa. My husband is a manager and he helps manage the Country Leaders in those other countries as well as some leadership operations here in South Africa. We take the teachings of Jesus and show people how to use them in their context especially in youth ministry. I recently had to stop volunteering at the kids’ school due to some tax/visa issues (long story). So, I find myself looking for new ways of ministry and serving as well as raising a family. I am, presently, mentoring several ladies who I know through school and church and the ministry. This brings me such great joy. They also challenge me too. Loving God and Loving People is one of our life motos.