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Grieving Missionary Finds New Hope

After the deaths of her family, Kathy was pulled out of her mission field and struggled to make ends meet with no income. Still reeling from her loss, she cried out for just one word of encouragement. Read Transcript


NARRATOR: Cathy Dagwiler lost her mother just one week

before she left for the Philippines

to serve as a missionary at a jungle orphanage.

CATHY: That was hard.

To leave your mom and have her just be gone

and never got to say that goodbye

before I boarded that plane.

NARRATOR: Then several months later,

she had to return home when she received word

that her father was ailing.

CATHY: He was concerned about me.

And he knew I was going back to the mission field.

He says, you have to go.

You have to go.

He passed that night.

NARRATOR: She had just packed her bags

to return to the Philippines when she got a call

from the Sheriff's department.

Overcome by grief, her brother had taken his life.

CATHY: So I never, I never got to go back.

I never got to go back to my heart's desires

to serve in the mission field.

I had to have that time with my family to grieve.

NARRATOR: But now that she wasn't an active missionary,

she lost her financial support.

And as a widow for 20 years, she had no other means of income.

CATHY: I was no longer in the jungle.

So I had to get an apartment and pay the utilities,

pay the rent.

And I had no job.

NARRATOR: Kathy found work as a nanny.

But it barely covered the bills.

She struggled for years and got to the point

where she was unable to pay her rent.

As she turned to her Bible, she broke down in tears

and cried out to God for just one word of encouragement.

CATHY: I was just reading Psalm 68

verse five that says, "I am a father to the fatherless."

And I was fatherless.

Even though I knew my father and my Heavenly Father love me,

it just hit me so hard.

And I realized yes, He's there.

And He's a defender of the widow.

He was going to take care of all my needs.

Not just financial but everything.

NARRATOR: Then Kathy turned on the 700 Club.

It was March 16th, 2016.

And Pat and Terry had just begun praying.

There's a woman watching, Cathy or somebody.

You're literally sobbing now.

You are so sad.

And you don't feel there is any hope.

And there is hope.

God is saying, I'm going to bless you.

Receive that blessing and begin to praise Him.

Take a good amount of praise and give it

in exchange for that glimmer of happiness.

That heaviness, that sadness is going

to leave you in Jesus' name.

CATHY: And I just put up my hands.

And I just worshipped the Lord.

And it was just like a burden of weight lifted off of me.

And I just felt God's presence just so sweetly on me.

By the end of the program, I was dancing in my living room.

And then I got a phone call.

And it was from our church secretary.

And she said somebody just dropped by and gave you

an envelope.

I brought it home.

I opened it up.

And it was exactly $278 I needed to pay my rent.

NARRATOR: The following month, it happened again.

And her rent was covered.

Kathy continues to work as a nanny.

And she's grateful to God not only for meeting her needs,

but for restoring her joy.

CATHY: God is good.

And He's big.

And He cares about the little things.

There's no mountain that can't be climbed with God.

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