Illiterate but Able to Read

Have you ever read the scripture Philippians 4:13 that says, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me?" This story adds a whole new twist to that promise. The title is exactly what it means in this story of Maria who is Illiterate but Able to Read.

By Andrew McChesney, Adventist Mission

Photo by Wendy van Zyl on

Maria wasn’t a Christian, but she kept dreaming about Jesus. She sacrificed a cow in hope that the dreams would end, but she was still disturbed every night for a week.

Then a stranger directed her to the office of Jacob Gbale, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Guinea. He worked just up the street from her luxurious house in Conakry, capital of Guinea.

As Maria described her dreams, Pastor Jacob began to smile.

“Glory be to God!” he exclaimed.

Maria was shocked. She couldn’t understand why he was so happy.

Continue reading this miraculous story, Illiterate but Able to Read.

Find Maria’s home country on this map.

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