Watching the Torch of Faith passed on to My Daughter! – By Teri Salvador

My daughter Elise faced a major struggle this spring.

She wanted to take a couple summer classes to lighten her first fall semester of pre-nursing classes at Weimar College in the U.S. state of California. But she also wanted to participate in a 10-week literature evangelism program. She couldn’t do both.

We had many long talks and prayed a lot together as Elise finished high school classes at Weimar Academy. Elise would lean toward staying for summer school, but then a canvassing recruiter would visit the campus and unpack the longing in her heart to work as a literature evangelist. I encouraged her to praise God as she sought His will.

Finally one evening Elise resubmitted her summer plans to God with this prayer: “Our heavenly Father has a thousand ways to provide for us of which we know nothing. Those who accept the one principle of making the service of God supreme, will find perplexities vanish, and a plain path before their feet” (The Ministry of Healing, p. 481).

The next day the canvassing leader told Elise that she would be allowed to canvass until she needed to start her summer classes — a rare exception that few students are given.

The look that came over Elise’s face that day will be forever engraved on my heart. It was acknowledgment of God’s provision in a magnificent way. It was excitement to serve. It was delight and wonder that God had done this just for her!

That day the prayers and training of many years came together as I saw my torch of faith being passed to the next generation, my daughter. My faith had become her faith in one magnificent swoop.

I received the greatest gift that a parent could ever want: seeing my precious child walking on wobbly legs of faith in the beginning and then growing more sure, strong, and confident in the Lord as she waited, watched, praised, and prayed. Today Elise is more in love with God and more in awe of His love for her than ever before.

Teri Salvador writes from Weimar, California, where she works as director of student services for Weimar College.

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  • Wojtek Janiuk


  • Lydiah

    Amen! How good it feels seeing their children embrace a closer walk with Christ. Glory to God

  • Vlasta Hitzgerová

    Amen, and thank you for your testimony.

  • Ros Farrell

    Amen. A powerful testimony of faith and trust in God and makes a mother’s heart glad

  • Catecha Francis

    Amen, and thanks for this testimony. As a parent, I know what it feels like to see the result of parents fervent prayer for their daughter to have a closer walk with God. I am happy to say she is so in love with Jesus that her desire is to share Him with friends.
    Let us continue to pray for our children that their faith in God and their relationship with him never goes cold. That they will remain steadfast, even unto the end of time. Praise God for our youth and young adults.

  • Viveen McLeary

    Amen! Praise God for godly parents who set the right examples for their children. Thanks for sharing this testimony.

  • Jeanette

    Amen. Thank you for sharing. It is a wonderful thing to watch God working in the lives of our children. I am rejoicing to see a daughter who has been away from God many years taking steps toward home.

    • Debra Middleton

      Praise the LORD! Praying with you for your daughter.

      • Jeanette

        Thank you, Debra. (She gave up smoking 2 weeks ago after many years!) Praising God!

  • Amen. God is awesome. Just this last week I’ve seen that in the working of my son’s life. He did his final exams in June and during that time our church was involved in a series of evangelistic meetings and he was operating the multi media projector every night, even the nights before exams. His faithfulness was rewarded. He got 8 CSEC passes with four distinctions. Isn’t God great!! Praises to his Almighty name.

    • Gloria Mosha-Onchiri

      Amen Praise the Lord those who put God first will never be put to shame.!

  • Esther

    Thank you for sharing, Teri, and praise God for His perfect ways! Psalm 103:7 says that God made His ways known to Moses and His acts to the children of Israel. May God show us His ways to walk in them so our children may see His acts and learn to trust Him.

  • Phillippa

    Thank God for your testimony and for praying mothers. I too ,am a praying mon. I have watched the transforming power of the Holy Spirit change my daughter’s life from chaos to order. She too is a nursing student who is excelling in her studies. Although she has not fully embraced Jesus, His amazing love covers her. I thank Him for His words which encourages me daily that ” That being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.” He has begun a good work in her will complete the job. He confirmed this when we went to pick up her new pair of glasses. She tried it on and shouted’I can see, I can see.”.The Holy Spirit whispered to me “wait until she can see spiritually.”
    Let us mothers,biological or spiritual continue to pray for our children.

    • Gloria Mosha-Onchiri

      Amen the Power of Praying Mothers.

    • Debra Middleton

      Thank you for this powerful testimony of faith. The work God has begun in our children will certainly be completed. Hallelujah!

  • D.V.B.

    Thank You Father for honoring this young lady’s faith in Your ability to solve problems and to grant the desires of her heart. So many times, in our limited vision, we think it has to be either– or, then God shows up and does exceedingly, abundantly, beyond all we could ask or think. Surprise us again Lord, with how You bless us.
    Prayer Request: For students in need of financial help to pay their school fees this fall semester.

    • Gloria Mosha-Onchiri

      Amen praying.

    • Debra Middleton

      Amen. Praying with you.

  • Beverley Joseph

    There is nothing more pleasing to a parent than to see their children choosing to establish a relationship with Jesus. I had that privilege this summer as my 2 boys began their journey of seeking God for themselves.

  • Ken

    Wonderful testimony, thank you for sharing this.

  • Jerry Page

    Thank you Teri and Elise for your testimony and your faith journey!! I know you both and praise Him for the way he is using you in the miracle journey of Weimar just now and many other ways!! Thanks for all your prayers for Janet and me and many other church leaders!!
    Your Brother in Jesus
    Jerry Page.

  • PNB

    Encouraging needed testimony. Thank you for taking the time to share. – Peter Nigel

  • Letty Kaltonga

    Amen and amen, sister, we mothers of faith and praying are continuously praying for our children both sons and daughters to embrace our loving Father by following His footprints as we are faithfully doing serving Him in ALL. Awesome God please help us to know that You are working miracle in our sons and daughters life like you did with Elise. Amen.

    • Debra Middleton


  • Rosalia

    Amen, God is good

  • Fainah

    Amen, am inspired!

  • Carolina