I was born and raised in Thyatira, a city in Asia Minor, which you would probably better recognize as the (modern day) Turkish city of Akhisar. I’ve spent all my life here pursuing my two passions: serving the Lord and growing my business. My business means everything to me, but without God’s blessing on it, it’s nothing. I sell a beautiful purple dye- it’s well known among the city and often used to make a scarlet cloth. The secret to what makes the dye so lovely is the water in our city- there’s just something about it that’s perfect for dyeing. No other city can make scarlet cloths like we can. That’s why I love to sell this purple beauty. And the best part is that when business does well, it allows me the opportunity to financially support others who are doing the Lord’s work. What a blessing it is to be able to support the growth of God’s kingdom while doing something I love.
I’m careful not to let work become my sole focus in life though. Each day, I set aside time to go down to the riverside for quiet prayer time. I’m always longing to deepen my faith and my walk with the Lord. I still remember the day when I first heard the Word of God. Paul came to our city and was preaching in a small gathering. It was then that I first entered into a relationship with Jesus. I was later baptized and shared my excitement with as many people as I could. Here’s the best part- after my baptism, I shared the good news with everyone in my house and they soon came to the faith and were baptized too! Praise God!
One of my other greatest joys in life is hosting people in my home. I’ve had many a missionary come stay at my home and I remember one time- Paul and Silas even stayed at my home after they were released from prison. It gives me great joy to open my home to others to stay and also to worship. My home is like a small church in that people from the city often join me here to worship our great God. My home, my business, and all I have is a gift from God and I just want to share that with others.
Story by Shelby Bowers