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Lessons In The Jungle With Aunt Peg

“He never does anything purposelessly.” 

Welcome to another Patterns of Truth podcast! Joining Peter in today’s conversation is our special guest Peg Sawires, also known to many as “Aunt Peg.” She’s a wonderful, encouraging woman who’s led quite an adventurous life. In this podcast, we’ll get to hear a bit of her story.

“‘Do you mean to tell me I can know my sins are forgiven?’ He said, “Yes, you can know!” And he invited me to sit beside him, and he explained.” 

As Aunt Peg began sharing her testimony (3:30), her experiences highlighted how important it is for people to hear a clear, personal gospel message. That Christ died for each of us to make atonement for our sins individually, that His death and resurrection aren’t something generic and abstract but that they have a powerfully personal impact. She grew up knowing the general story, but it never answered the deeper questions and convictions she had from a young age. It was through her brother bringing her to a bible study where someone took the time to talk with her that she finally found the answers she’d been searching for.

From there, Peter dives into Aunt Peg’s eighteen years serving the Lord in Africa (6:26). We get to hear about how the Lord led Aunt Peg to the Republic of Congo (at the time Zaire) to teach the Bible to students at a missions school. And throughout the podcast, we continue to hear about how God reaffirms His desires in our lives if we look to serve him. We hear examples through financial hardships, times of danger, times of suffering, and times of joy:

During our conversation with Aunt Peg, there’s a theme question (asked at 12:18); and it’s a question pretty much all Christians have wondered at some point.

How can we know the Lord’s will? 

Aunt Peg answers* Peter’s initial question and then, throughout the rest of the podcast, shares examples from her life and time in the Congo that show God’s desire to share His Will with us. The Lord doesn’t just tell us what to do or expect us mindlessly to do as we’re told. He wants us to trust Him and see how He encourages us with His provision and care, even when we’re given difficult tasks.

We hope you enjoyed this interview with Aunt Peg as much as we at Patterns of Truth did. Her experiences and words of encouragement have given us a beautiful example of how God leads. Thanks for joining us!

*Comments shared by Aunt Peg are not intended to be teaching in nature, but are based on her experiences.

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