Following World War II, Corrie Ten Boom understood that God was leading her to come to America. She survived the Nazi death camps and felt that God wanted her to share her story.
She arrived in America with only 50 dollars; no friends; no place to stay; and no speaking invitations.
She writes, "A great ocean separated me from my homeland. I had no money. Nobody wanted to hear my lectures. All I had was an inner word from God. All I could do was press on for His name sake. Before going to sleep I opened my Bible. My eyes fell on Psa. 147:11:
'The Lord takes pleasure in those that hope in His mercy.'"
The very next day she attended a church service in New York City. There the minister invited her to speak. That was the start, after that, requests from publishers and speaking engagements began to pour in.
She had discovered the purpose of failure and despair.
It was given her as a gift to turn her to the Lord.