Accountant Without Money

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Accountant Without Money
ETHIOPIA | December 7
Martha Etana Chewaka, 45

Martha Etana Chewaka had a big problem.

She made a large salary at a bank in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. But every month, her money ran out before her next salary arrived.

Martha, an accountant, planned her spending carefully. When she got paid, she first returned tithe. Then she paid rent on her small house. After that, she bought white teff flour to bake bread, olive oil, spices, and nice clothes and shoes.

But the last week of the month was stressful. She had no money, so she had to eat less and go without things. She also didn’t have any money for savings.

Then Martha married a fellow accountant, and they both contributed to the monthly expenses. But again their money ran out before the month ended.

“Why isn’t this money blessed?” Martha wondered. Immediately, an idea entered her mind. “Perhaps,” she thought, “God isn’t blessing the money because I’m working on His holy day.”

As she considered the matter some more, she felt as if God were saying, “Why are you working on the Sabbath? If you obey my commandments, your money will be blessed.”

Martha remembered attending Sabbath School and church with her Seventh-day Adventist parents. But she had stopped going when she accepted the bank job at the age of 21. Ethiopia has a six-day work week, and most businesses operate on Saturdays. Martha had grown up in a poor family, and she wanted the big bank salary.

Martha always gave tithe, as she had learned in Sabbath School as a child. Sometimes she stopped by the church after the bank closed on Sabbath afternoon and handed the money to the pastor. Other times, she passed an envelope with the money to a church-bound friend.

Despite her faithfulness with tithe, the money kept running out at home.

Martha asked God for help.

“Please give me another job that doesn’t require me to work on Sabbath,” she prayed.

She prayed every day for a month. Nothing happened.

“Let me quit my job,” Martha told her husband. “I am disobeying God, and that is why the money is running out. Your salary will be enough if God blesses it.”

“Yes, you have to quit,” he said.

He also was an Adventist and had wanted her to stop working on Sabbath for a long time.

But Martha didn’t resign. Instead, she kept working and praying for a new job.

Two years passed, she couldn’t work any longer. Every moment of every day, she sensed a voice saying to her, “This is the right time to quit your job. This is the right time to quit your job. This is the right time to quit your job.” It was mind-numbing. After fasting and praying for five days, she announced her resignation at the bank.

Her employers were dismayed. She was a good worker, and they didn’t want to lose her. They offered her a new position where she could take off some Saturdays.

Martha wasn’t even tempted. It was time to be faithful to God after disobeying Him for such a long time.

As soon as she walked out of the bank, she was filled with peace and joy. She hadn’t felt this way since she began working at the bank 13 years earlier.

A month passed, and for the first time she and her husband didn’t run out of money. The couple was shocked.

“From this day, I believe God because your salary is enough for both of us,” Martha told her husband. “God can sustain us.”

The couple has never changed their spending habits. They still enjoy bread made from white teff flour, olive oil, spices, and nice clothes and shoes. But their money never runs out.

“I don’t know where the money is coming from, but my home is very blessed,” Martha said. “Obeying God is better than earning money.”

Part of this quarter’s Thirteenth Sabbath Offering will help build children’s Sabbath School classrooms in Ethiopia so more children, like Martha when she was a young girl, can learn about the importance of the Sabbath and returning tithe. Thank you for planning a Thirteenth Sabbath gift.

Andrew McChesney

Story Tips
During Martha’s struggle over the Sabbath, she clung to the promises of forgiveness and blessing in Psalms 103:1-3, which says, “Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases.”
Martha has not found a new job. Instead she decided to take better care of the home and prepare meals. She also has become very active in her local church, participating in its prison ministry, prayer ministry, Bible study group, weekly youth program, home visitation of ill and elderly members, health program, and Friday evening worship services.
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“ပိုက္ဆံမရွိပဲစာရင္းကိုင္သူ”

ဒီဇင္ဘာ(၇)ရက္၊ ေရးသားသူ-Martha Etana Chewaka (၄၅)ႏွစ္

Martha မွာၾကီးမားတဲ့ျပႆနာတစ္ခု႐ွိခဲ့ပါတယ္။

သူမဟာ အီသီယိုပီးယားႏိုင္ငံရဲ႕ျမိဳ႕ေတာ္ Addis Ababu ျမိဳ႕ရဲ႕ဘဏ္တခုမွာလစာ
ေကာင္းတဲ့အလုပ္တစ္ခုကိုရရွိခဲ့ပါတယ္။ဒါေပမယ့္၊သူမရဲ႕လစာဟာ ေနာက္တလ လစာမရခင္မွာ
ကုန္သြားခဲ့ပါတယ္။

စာရင္းကိုင္တစ္ဦးျဖစ္သလို အသံုးစရိတ္ကိုလဲ သတိရွိရွိနဲ႔သံုးစြဲခဲ့ပါတယ္။လစာရရခ်င္း
ပထမဦးဆံုးဆယ္ဖို႔တဖို႔ကိုေပးအပ္ခဲ့ပါတယ္။ အဲဒီေနာက္သူမအေနနဲ႔အိမ္ငွားခေပးခဲ့ပါတယ္။
ေနာက္ျပီးေတာ့ေပါင္မုန္႔ဖုတ္ဖို႔အတြက္ဂ်ံဳမႈန္႔၊သံလြင္ဆီ၊မဆလာ၊အက်ႌနဲ႔ဖိနပ္ေတြကိုဝယ္ယူခဲ့ပါ
တယ္။

ဒါေပမယ့္၊အဲဒီလရဲ႕ေနာက္ဆံုးအပတ္မွာေတာ့အခက္အခဲျပႆနာနဲ႔ရင္ဆိုင္ခဲ့ရပါ
တယ္။သူမမွာပိုက္ဆံမရွိေတာ့တဲ့အတြက္ကန္႔သတ္ျပီးအစာစားခဲ့ရပါတယ္။ဒါေၾကာင့္သူမအေန
နဲ႔ဘာမွမစုႏိုင္ခဲ့ပါဘူး။

အဲဒီေနာက္ပိုင္းမွာလုပ္ေဖာ္ေဆာင္ဖက္စာရင္းကိုင္တစ္ဦးနဲ႔ အိမ္ေထာင္ျပဳခဲ့ပါတယ္။
ႏွစ္ဦးစလံုးသူတို႔ရဲ႕လစာကိုေခြ်ေခြ်တာတာ သံုးစြဲခဲ့ၾကေပမဲ့လမကုန္ခင္မွာပဲသူတို႔မွာသံုးစရာပိုက္
ဆံမရွိေတာ့ဘူး..။

“ဘာျဖစ္လို႔လစာအတြက္ေကာင္းၾကီးခံစားရတာလဲ”လို႔သူတို႔အံ့ဩမိခဲ့ၾကပါတယ္။ခ်က္
ခ်င္းပဲMartha ရဲ႕စိတ္ထဲမွာအၾကံတခုဝင္လာခဲ့ပါတယ္။”ဘုရားသခင္အေနနဲ႔လစာအေပၚေကာင္း
ၾကီးမေပးတာဟာဥပုသ္ေန႔မွာအလုပ္လုပ္လို႔ျဖစ္တယ္” ဆိုျပီးစဥ္းစားခဲ့မိပါတယ္။

လစာမေလာက္တဲ့အေၾကာင္းကိုပိုျပီးစဥ္းစားရင္း”ဘာျဖစ္လို႔ဥပုသ္ေန႔မွာအလုပ္လုပ္
ရတာလဲ။ ငါ့ပတ္ေတာ္ကိုေစာင့္ေလွ်ာက္လွ်င္သင့္ပိုက္ဆံအတြက္ေကာင္းၾကီးမဂၤလာခံစာရပါလိမ့္
မည္” လို႔ဘုရားသခင္ကေျပာေနသလိုသူမခံစားခဲ့ရပါတယ္။

Martha အေနနဲ႔ေျမာ္လင့္ျခင္းအသင္းေတာ္ဘုရားေက်ာင္းမွာမိဘနဲ႔အတူ၊ဥပုသ္စာေျဖ
အစီအစဥ္နဲ႔ဝတ္ျပဳကိုးကြယ္ျခင္းအစီအစဥ္မွာ ပါဝင္တက္ေရာက္ခဲ့တာကိုျပန္လည္သတိရမိပါတယ္။
ဒါေပမယ့္အသက္(၂၁)ႏွစ္အ႐ြယ္၊ဘဏ္မွာအလုပ္စဝင္ကတည္းကဘုရားေက်ာင္းကိုမေရာက္ျဖစ္
ခဲ့ပါဘူး။အီသီယိုပီးယားႏိုင္ငံမွာတစ္ပါတ္အတြင္း(၆)ရက္အလုပ္လုပ္ျပီး စေနေန႔ဟာအလုပ္အမ်ား
ဆံုးေန႔ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ “မာသာ”ဟာဆင္းရဲတဲ့မိသားစုကေနၾကီးျပင္းလာခဲ့လို႔ ဘဏ္ကေနလစာမ်ား
မ်ားရခ်င္ခဲ့မိတယ္။

ကေလးတေယာက္အေနနဲ႔ဥပုသ္စာေျဖေက်ာင္းကေနသင္ခန္းစာရထားလို႔”မာသာ”
ဟာဆယ္ဖို႔တဖို႔ကိုအျမဲေပးခဲ့ပါတယ္။တစ္ခါတေလ၊စေနေန႔ေန႔လည္ ႐ံုးပိတ္ျပီးမွဘုရားေက်ာင္းကို
သြားျပီး သူမရဲ႕ဆယ္ဖို႔တဖို႔ကိုအသင္းအုပ္ဆရာထံေပးခဲပါတယ္။ အျခားေန႔ေတြမွာဆိုရင္ဆယ္
ဖို႔တဖို႔ကိုစာအိတ္ထဲမွာထည့္ျပီးအသင္းေတာ္မွာသူငယ္ခ်င္းတစ္ဦးဦးထံေပးအပ္ခဲ့ပါတယ္။

ဘယ္ေလာက္ပဲဆယ္ဖို႔တဖို႔မွာသစၥာရွိရွိရတဲ့လစာက်ေတာ့ တစ္လအတြက္လံုးဝမေလာက္
ႏိုင္ခဲ့ပါဘူး။

အဲဒါနဲ႔၊”မာသာ”က၊”အဖဘုရား၊ကိုယ္ေတာ္ရဲ႕ဥပုသ္ေတာ္ေန႔မွာအလုပ္မလုပ္ရေလ
ေအာင္အျခားအလုပ္တစ္ခုခုကိုေက်းဇူးျပဳျပီးစီစဥ္ေပးေတာ္မူပါ”လို႔ဆုေတာင္းခဲ့ပါတယ္။

တစ္လအတြင္းေန႔စဥ္ေန႔တိုင္းသူမဆုေတာင္းခဲ့ေပမယ့္ ဘာမွထူးျခားမႈမရွိခဲ့ပါဘူး။
အဲဒါနဲ႔၊သူမရဲ႕ခင္ပြန္းသည္ကို”က်မကိုအလုပ္ကေနနားခြင့္ေပးပါ။က်မက ဘုရားသခင္ရဲ႕
ပညတ္ေတာ္ကိုနားမေထာင္ခဲ့လို႔က်မတို႔ပိုက္ဆံမေလာက္တာ။ ဘုရားကေကာင္းၾကီးေပးရင္ရွင့္
ရဲ႕လစာနဲ႔လံုေလာက္ပါလိမ့္မယ္” လို႔ေျပာခဲ့ပါတယ္။

“ဟုတ္ပါတယ္။ မာသာအလုပ္ကေနနားရမယ္”လို႔သူမခင္ပြန္ကျပန္ေျဖခဲ့ပါတယ္။
“မာသာ”ရဲ႕ခင္ပြန္းသည္ဟာေျမာ္လင့္ျခင္းအသင္းသားျဖစ္ျပီး ဇနီးသည္ကိုဥပုသ္ေန႔မွာ
အလုပ္ကေနနားေစခ်င္တာၾကာလွျပီျဖစ္ပါတယ္။

ဒါေပမယ့္၊”မာသာ”ဟာအလုပ္ကေနမထြက္ေသးပဲအလုပ္အသစ္ရဖို႔ဆက္လက္ဆု
ေတာင္းခဲ့ပါတယ္။

ေနာက္(၂)ႏွစ္ၾကာတဲ့အခါမွာ သူမအလုပ္ဆက္လုပ္ဖို႔မျဖစ္ႏိုင္ေတာ့ေတာ့ပါဘူး။ေန႔တိုင္း
နာရီတိုင္းအခ်ိန္တိုင္းမွာ”ယခုအခ်ိန္မွာသင္အလုပ္နားသင့္ျပီ” ဆိုတဲ့အသံကိုၾကားေယာင္ခဲ့မိပါ
တယ္။ဒါနဲ႔ငါးရက္လံုးလံုးအစာေ႐ွာင္ဆုေတာင္းျပီးမွ၊ဘဏ္ကေနအလုပ္ထြက္ေၾကာင္းသူမေၾက
ျငာခဲ့ပါတယ္။

သူမရဲ႕လုပ္ေဖာ္ေဆာင္ဖက္ေတြဟာတုန္လႈပ္ေခ်ာက္ခ်ားခဲ့ၾကပါတယ္။သူမဟာ အလုပ္
ၾကိဳးစားသူျဖစ္ျပီး သူတို႔ကသူမကိုအလုပ္ကေန မထြက္ေစခ်င္ၾကပါဘူး။တစ္ခါတေလစေနေန႔မွာ
အလုပ္မဆင္းရေလေအာင္ ရာထူးအသစ္တိုးျမႇင့္ေပးဖို႔ကမ္းလွမ္းခဲ့ၾကပါတယ္။

ဘာပဲေျပာေျပာ”မာသာ”ဟာ စံုစမ္းလို႔မရေတာ့ပါဘူး။ဘုရားသခင္ရဲ႕ပညတ္ေတာ္ကို
နားမေထာင္တာၾကာျပီျဖစ္လို႔၊ဒီတစ္ခါေတာ့ဘုရားသခင္အေပၚသစၥာရွိရမယ္။
ဘဏ္ကေနထြက္သြားတာနဲ႔”မာသာ”ဟာေပ်ာ္ရႊင္ျငိမ္းခ်မ္းခဲ့ပါတယ္။၁၃ႏွစ္အတြင္းဘဏ္
မွာလုပ္တဲ့အခ်ိန္မခံစားခဲ့ရတဲ့အရာျဖစ္တယ္။

တစ္လၾကာတဲ့အခါမွာ ပထမအၾကိမ္ရတဲ့လစာဟာလံုလံုေလာက္ေလာက္ရွိခဲ့ပါတယ္။
သူတို႔လင္မယားဟာ အေတာ္ထိတ္လန္႔သြားခဲ့ပါတယ္။

“အဲဒီေန႔ကေနစျပီးေတာ့ က်မတို႔ႏွစ္ဦးအတြက္လစာဟာလံုေလာက္တဲ့အတြက္ ဘုရား
သခင္ကိုပိုမိုယံုၾကည္ကိုးစားခဲ့ပါတယ္။တကယ္ပဲဘုရားကကူညီမစႏိုင္ပါတယ္”လို႔”မာသာ”ကသူမ
ရဲ႕ခင္ပြန္းကိုျပန္ေျပာခဲ့ပါတယ္။

ခါတိုင္းလိုပဲ သူတို႔လင္မယားဟာစားစရာ၊ေသာက္စရာ၊ဝတ္စရာအက်ႌေတြ၊ဘိနပ္ေတြ
ကိုဝယ္ခဲ့ၾကေပမယ့္၊ လစာဟာတစ္လအတြက္လံုေလာက္ခဲ့ပါတယ္။

“ပိုက္ဆံဟာ ဘယ္ကေနဝင္လာသလဲဆိုတာကိုေတာ့မသိၾကပါဘူး။ က်မတို႔လင္မယား
ကိုဘုရားသခင္ကေကာင္းၾကီးမဂၤလာေပးေနပါတယ္။ ဝင္ေငြရွာေနတာထက္ဘုရားသခင္ရဲ႕စကားကို
နားေထာင္တာဟာ အင္မတန္မွပိုေကာင္းပါတယ္”လို႔အားရဂုဏ္ယူစြာျဖင့္မာသာက ေျပာခဲ့ပါတယ္။

ဒီကြာတာရဲ႕(၁၃)ပတ္အလွဴေငြအခ်ိဳ႕ကို “မာသာ”လိုပဲ ငယ္တဲ့အ႐ြယ္မွာဥပုသ္ေန႔နဲ႔
ဆယ္ဖို႔တဖို႔ေပးအပ္ျခင္းဟာအေရးၾကီးတယ္ဆိုတာကို ကေလးေတြပိုမိုသိရွိဖို႔ျဖစ္တယ္။အီသီ
ယိုပီးယားႏိုင္ငံကကေလးေတြရဲ႕ ဥပုသ္စာေျဖေက်ာင္းအခန္းကိုတည္ေဆာက္ရာမွာအသံုးျပဳသြား
မွာျဖစ္ပါတယ္။

သင္တို႔ရဲ႕ရက္ေရာစြာလွဴဒါန္းတဲ့အလွဴေငြအတြက္အထူးပဲေက်းဇူးတင္ပါတယ္။
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