In celebration of Mother’s Day, we would like to share Minka Disbrow’s testimony from Testify the Book, as well as highlight a few articles in the Huffington Post (with a photo slideshow) and ReCapo(with a video from the Today Show) that tell of her reunion, 77 years later, with the daughter she gave up for adoption.
My name is Minka Disbrow.
I want to tell you about a secret that I have held in my heart for 78 years. I pray it will encourage you to never lose hope. God works in mysterious ways, His he destiny of lives, families, cities and nations? The Bible states that the prayers of a righteous man avail much. It also says “seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all other things shall be added unto you”: I pondered those words and kept them in my heart. My life took a dramatic turn in July 2006.
I was born of pure Dutch ancestors. My father immigrated to America, followed by my mother, pregnant with me, and an older brother. My father worked on a dairy farm. When I was 1 ½- years-old, my sister was born. She was nine days old when my father drowned in a lake. With three babies, my mother, who had not yet mastered English, went to work for an elderly German farmer. Though she did not speak English, she spoke German as well as her native Dutch.
As children, we knew what it was to work – before and after school, from sun up to sun down. We hauled water, wood, and coal because those were the days of no running water, electricity, or gas in the homes. We picked potatoes, shucked wheat, corn and whatever else was planted that year. When I was fourteen, the man my mother worked for retired and she married another Dutchman. Together they started a dairy farm. Not only did he gain a wife, but three well-trained farmhands as well, who were good at milking cows.
When we graduated from eighth grade at our country schoolhouse we were told that high school was for city kids who had nothing else to do.
Attending high school was out of the question for us: we had too much work to do.
- See the test of Minka’s story at: http://testifythebook.com/minka-disbrow/
“I can hardly believe it has been 5 years that I have been cancer free.
Thank you Jesus! Many wonderful blessings have happened since I wrote my testimony in TESTIFY. First and foremost, I have been able to share the love of the Lord and Gospel by telling my testimony.
For the past 20 years I have been doing volunteer work at a Homeless Shelter. After I returned to the shelter from my illness, the director asked if I would like to facilitate a Woman’s Inspirational Group. As this is a non-profit, non faith based shelter I had previously been told not to discuss God. As I was seeking inspirational stories for the women, I thought why not share Testify after all they were inspirational stories. The testimonies were life changing for the women.
They would beg me to tell my testimony over and over again. It was very hard for me to relive the experience again..but God told me not to deny him anymore. Some months ago I was attending a bible study by a wonderful bible teacher Priscilla Shirer “Discerning the Voice of God“. At the time I had 4 African American women in my group, and thought they might enjoy Pricilla’s teaching. I checked with the new director and she approved the study. My new role as a bible teacher has been exciting and deeply rewarding.
It was the Testify book that opened the door to glorify God. Thank you Annie for your faith and perseverance in believing in God’s vision for you and all of us! With God all things are possible.”
Blessings for all
Please join us for an evening of music and testimony on March 16th at the Zebra House Cafe from 6pm to 9pm.
Our own Michael David will be performing and Scott from Testify the Book will be sharing his story.
Please be sure to bring cash for coffee and food. You can however, write a check for your purchase of Testify!
We look for ward to seeing you there!
When: Friday March 16th 6:00-9:00 pm
Where: Zebra House Cafe, 1001 S El Camino Real
San Clemente, CA 92672
Testify will be on sale.
(949) 218-6976 *ALL FOOD AND BEVERAGE SALES CASH ONLY*