By Andrew McChesney, Adventist Mission

Larissa Madeline Van Bommel, a university student from Canada, was having a bad day in Germany.

First, she got lost.

Wandering around for a while, she entered an empty church outside Frankfurt. She had struggled with her faith since her mother had died, and she hadn’t prayed or visited a church in two years.

“I decided to take a seat and ended up praying and pouring my heart out and crying and crying,” she said. “I asked God for a sign that He is actually out there.”

Drying her tears, Larissa managed to find the train station — but then got confused and accidentally disembarked from the train in Bensheim instead of Bensheim-Auerbach. The next train wouldn’t come for some time that evening.

Tired and thirsty, Larissa hunted for water to drink. No vending machines were in sight, and all the shops seemed to be closed.

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