In 1978, Karla read Corrie ten Boom’s memoir, The Hiding Place, and watched the movie that was based on the book.
Impacted by Corrie’s heart and wisdom, she went on to read all of Corrie’s books and listen to tapes of several of her speaking engagements.
And then God showed up, His sense of humor in hand. A friend asked Karla to give a devotional at the retirement center where the friend volunteered. Karla replied, “No, I don’t do that, and I don’t speak in public.” Another friend who overheard the two egged Karla on and then asked Karla what she was passionate about. She smiled and answered, “Corrie ten Boom!”
The friend said, “Give a devotional based on Corrie ten Boom!”
Karla agreed—but only because she felt pressured. After all, public speaking?
Then God helped her to write what she would say, memorize it, and learn to speak like Corrie. God was in it all.
Several people who heard Karla speak asked her to reenact Corrie’s story for their fellowship groups.
She prayed, “Okay, God, I’ll say yes whenever You ask me, because this is about You and Corrie, not me.” He’s been asking her for the last twenty years. She has performed approximately one hundred reenactments in eight states to date.
Recently God has given Karla a heart and passion for a particular 501(c)(3) organization, which she now supports. For that purpose she is inspired to bring Corrie’s wisdom and spirit, as it were, to more and more people.
In hindsight, Karla understands why God asked her to provide reenactments—so that Corrie’s story will bring people closer to God, and so the organization she supports can continue its impactful work for the disadvantaged in our world.
Karla imagines Corrie’s reaction to that might be, “Every experience God gives us, every person He puts in our lives is the perfect preparation for the future that only He can see.”