Jehovah- Jireh, My Provider
Potratz worked at NABC as Associate Dean of Students
for several years. She was well-loved and respected.
Carol shone out as a lover of God and people. Her warm,
nearly unending smile was her personal trademark. She
took the work of discipleship and training of young
people very seriously. However, In 1998, God called
Carol to a position with the NAB conference as recruiter
for their missionary force overseas.
When she began with the conference, a slight decline
in overseas missions was occurring. Carol knew that
as the only recruiter, she could not keep current with
all of the churches and the 3 schools within the conference.
She turned to God’s word and found insight in
Matthew 9:36-38 which says, “He saw…He had
compassion…He said, “The Harvest is plentiful
but the laborers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest,
therefore, to send out workers into the harvest field.”
Immediately, she knew that her responsibilities were
clear. It was her job to pray and His job to send!
Now, everywhere that Carol goes, she asks people to
“pray up” workers for home and abroad. The
Lord definitely did His part. In 2002, 14 couples or
individuals were appointed to go overseas with NAB!
Over 340 people helped to strengthen missions mobilization
by serving on 33 teams during 2002. NAB had 27 International
Gateway teams, 5 home Gateway teams and 1 prayer team.
Forty-four volunteers from the NAB churches served in
the different mission fields during 2002. God proved
himself to be the great provider or, “Jehovah-Jireh,”
in so many areas of Carol’s new job and in the
building of His kingdom!
Not only has Carol seen the provision of God in her
work with NAB, she has also seen the amazing hand of
God in her family this past year. Beginning in October
of this year, Carol’s family underwent hardship.
- Her brother-in-law was nearly killed in a car accident
and went through a very difficult healing process.
- His wife (Carol’s sister) had major surgery.
- Her eldest sister Ruth’s best friend passed
- Carol herself went through a time of having health
All in all, God protected each of Carol’s family
members and saw fit to heal each one of them. So many
heartaches brought about so many blessings. Carol’s
brother-in-law, Terry, gained a whole new perspective
on life, the whole family grew closer together, and
Carol was again able to see God’s provision for
Carol’s past few years have been full of change
and challenge. She has sought hard after the Lord and
He has answered her prayers. He has provided for her
and for His kingdom. Praise God for His faithfulness!
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