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Sister Linda was born in 1944 in St. Louis, Mo. Her mother and father are Helen Darleen and Gilbert Wheeler Brooks. She was the third of nine children. She was named after an aunt Thora Brooks, who did missionary work in the hills of Mo. She was wonderfully saved, at the age of 14 in an old fashion country church in the little southern town of Eby, in Indiana.
Her family moved to Chicago and Sister Linda went away from the Lord at the age of sixteen. In Chicago she met Robert Tobman and at the age of eighteen was married to Robert. God had mercy on her and blessed her with three children, Robert Scott, Deborah Michelle, and Sarah Davina. She also has been blessed with nine grand children.
She attended a Lutheran church with her husband and children. During this time the Lord began to work with her again and on a Sunday morning at the Lutheran church, the power of God came upon her. She renewed her vows to the Lord as she sat in a pew as others looked at her in shock. The country girl accepted Jesus again in her heart and rededicated her life. The desire for Jesus grew greatly, but also a new desire arose, she wanted to be baptized in the Holy Ghost as she had seen in that little country church.
Sister Linda and Robert and their family moved to southern Indian after Robert had a massive AVM. Robert accepted Jesus in his heart on November 17, 1986 (The next year a grand daughter was born on that same day), and after three days of salvation, he died of a silent heart attack. They were married for twenty-four years and Sister Linda was forty two when the tragedy struck. During her time of grieving, the Holy Ghost started pulling her in His direction, as she sought for the Holy Ghost and relief from her sorrow. Finally she was miraculously filled with the Holy Ghost on her knees by her bed. She was experiencing a great desire to serve the Lord.
Still with great yearning, she wanted to know more about Jesus. She wanted desperately to go to a Bible College some where, but thought she was too old at the age of forty-six. Through her pastor, who invited Free Gospel Bible Ins. to the church Sister Linda found out they would accept her. Though her children and family members didn’t feel that it was right, she went with deep desires and a longing to know her Jesus more and to be His servant.
The first year passed and the second year. It became her desire to serve on the mission field. At the beginning of her last year, she had an opportunity when a young Taiwan couple, Brother Joe and Sister Lana Liu attended the school in 1993. After a few months, she was asked to go to Taiwan and be a missionary in their church. After much prayer, and seeking the Lord’s will, she realized that God was really sending her to the very people she had desired to know about every sense she was seven or eight years old.
In 1993 when she graduated she left for Taiwan. After five years, Taiwan Ministries officially became a legal organization and a board was formed with Sister Linda as president, Rev. Charles Pahlman, as vice president and Brother Scott and Sister Angela Johnson as secretary and treasurer.
Taiwan Ministries has grown.
Through a home Bible study a church was established, Holiness Pentecostal Church where Sister Linda preached for five years, (now Brother Eric Hall pastors the church.) and she started other ministries. Her ministries consisted of; park ministry, Bible studies, summer camps for the youth, teaching English (using Christian material) to reach them for Jesus, speaking engagements, etc. Many Pastors have visited the work in Taiwan and have blessed the souls of the people and has encouraged the Taiwan workers.
At this time, Sister Linda, at the age of sixty, has a different ministry. Taiwan Ministries now is in Taichung city and in Chung-Liao in the mountains. It is a very busy life for her. Sister Linda works in Chung-Liao form Wednesday through Saturday. She is reaching the Buddhist and Taoist Children with the word of God. She doesn’t charge anything for English; it is all free in the mountains. She has two classes going at the same time, with the help of her coworker Grace, on Wednesday through Saturday, with adults who are studding Bible (KJV) as their main English study. One woman accepted Jesus in her heart after her class. Then back to Taichung from Saturday-Wednesday for Bible studies and teaching English with ACE, and Bible studies; occasionally, (about once a month) she preaches in a church in Puli which is in the mountains.
Isaiah 6:8 was her class verse and she went when God called out, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” She was forty-nine when she first went on the mission field. Her only experience for qualifying was being a wife, mother, Sunday school teacher and being a Bible School graduate. Eagerly she went where the Holy Ghost was sending her.
Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.
And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.
Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed. (KJV)
Serving the Lord is adventurous and stimulating which is rewarded with blessings from the Holy Ghost that continues to flow from the throne of God. Many miss these blessings because they are afraid to say, “Here am I Lord; send me.” Be a Peter, step out of the boat for your Master, to save the souls from this evil dieing word.
She was a part of their lives and worked with them, bringing the word of God to many different people of the island.
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