This is a true testimony about
Louisie St. Mart, 67, (as of 2015) that reminds us that although we may not
see ourselves as anything special, God has a definite purpose for us to
accomplish and He will provide all the necessary elements to ensure its
The sound of the heart monitor’s alarm faded along with Louisie’s whispered prayer to Jesus as she closed her eyes. My first memory of Louisie had been the color of her striking honey mustard eyes. She always seemed to be surrounded by other students after a Bible study class that my husband and I attended and I noticed that the animated exhortations usually centered around spiritual warfare. As I came to know her better, I began to see the pattern of God’s hand in her life.
It was the ominously named Eel River that tried to claim a pregnant woman after she slipped on its muddy banks early in 1947 during a violent flash flood. Saved by a passerby, the woman gave birth several days later to a robust little girl who would be named Marie “Louisie” Therese.
Although raised Catholic on Mauritius Island, Louisie was to learn later that her Indian grandfather had exchanged the souls of his family with demons for magical powers. On an island where medical care wasn’t an option for the poor, witchcraft and the occult played a flagrant and major role in the physical and spiritual needs of many.
Satan’s attempts to claim his
right over the Therese family was clearly evident in the early struggles
that marked Louisie's’ life. Poverty meant a daily mainstay of boiled rice or
lentil soup cooked with pieces of dough, or simply a glass of water and a
prayer to the Virgin Mary before bed. Poverty also meant facing difficult
realities. Hunger, malnutrition and virulent illnesses claimed five of
Louisie’s eleven siblings during childhood.
One winter, an outdoor stove fueled by a propane cylinder had been moved into the family “home” and placed beside the bed in which Louisie slept with her family. Although providing warmth in the one room shack constructed with aluminum sheets, it resulted in several severe burns and almost claimed Louisie’s life when she fell head first into a huge pot of boiled water. Pulling her to safety, she was rushed to the riverbank and was covered in mud by frantic family members. Although the recovery was long and painful and her hair had turned completely white, Louisie managed to heal and her hair grew back into its natural color.
Unable to strike his target down with physical mishap, Satan enlisted the help of others. The beautiful child with the fiery, cat-like eyes caught the attention of a local witch who in turn instructed a “customer” to kidnap Louisie, in order that she be used for human sacrifice. The witch’s efforts were thwarted, however, when Louisie’s mother returned home unexpectedly.
In another incident, a man
spotted the 12-year-old Louisie amongst the families in a shelter during the
ravage of cyclone “Carol” in 1960, and attempted to abduct the girl and hide
her in a wooded area. Louisie, managing to escape when the man was startled
by a bus rumbling by, hadn’t been hurt physically but had been left
traumatized and fearful of people. As a result, her performance at school
was poor and she was kept at home.
Unschooled, young and emotionally fragile, Louisie’s future appeared bleak until four years later when the river brought with it a surprisingly new chapter in her life. One day as Louisie’s niece washed clothes in the river, a man approached and spoke to her about how the end of mankind’s suffering was at hand and how hope was available for all. As a result of this unusual encounter, the entire Therese family not only received a Bible each, but would be taught how to read and write using it as study material. This man would visit them every morning and evening for the next four years without fail, to give them lessons from the Bible and to guide them in prayer. The results of this “miracle” were noticeable. Louisie’s siblings not only excelled in school but managed to find jobs and Louisie grew calmer and more focused as time went on. The first letter she ever wrote was to Billy Graham, whom she had learned about from the “river man”. Not only did the postman deliver a letter from the Billy Graham organization inviting her to visit, (which she was unable to do), but also a huge box of tracts which Louisie would hand out, and ultimately begin her ministry in evangelizing.
The teachings of the “river man” had sparked a relentless yearning in Louisie to come face to face with God. She spent hours in intense prayer asking God to speak to her just as he had to Abraham, Moses, Joshua and Caleb. One of the Bible passages that seared Louisie's’ life was John 14:7 (NIV):
“Now that you have known me, he said to them (disciples) you will know my Father also, and from now on you do know him and you have seen him.”
The Bible also told her clearly
in Jeremiah 29:13 (NIV):
“You will seek me and you
will find me because you seek me with all your heart.”
When Louisie was 20 years old, the “river man”, (Mr. Barthelmy Coralle), instructed Louisie that it was time to pray for someone with “clean hands and a clean heart” in order to baptize her family. Louisie did not realize that as she prayed a French pastor by the name of Aime Cizeron, was headed to Mauritius by boat, bringing a well-known American Pentecostal organization to the small island. Within two years of the pastor’s arrival in Mauritius, Louisie and her entire family were baptized. Shortly afterwards, Louisie began having vivid dreams. In one of them she found herself in a mountainous area. When she looked up she saw the edge of a flowing, brilliant white robe above her and while she couldn’t see the face of the person wearing it, she just knew that it was Jesus.
“You wanted to see me?” Jesus asked her. “Do you love me?”
“Yes” she answered.
“You must come towards me then”, He said.
Louisie looked around, but it seemed impossible. “But I can’t! I’m going to fall!” she told Him anxiously. “There’s nothing to hold onto!”
Jesus said, “I told you that you must come towards Me …”
His voice was gentle and reassuring and somehow Louisie managed to spring upwards towards Jesus, touching his hands. Suddenly she found herself standing safely on a rock.
“From now on,” Jesus told her, “You will be able to fly in your dreams!” And, suddenly He disappeared, leaving Louisie with an overwhelming feeling of love that she had never experienced before. From then on, her longing to seek God’s face took on a new intensity.
A crowd of people turned to look at Louisie as she entered heaven.
“What are you doing here?” They demanded. “You have no right to be with us; leave!”
“But Jesus said that in his Father’s house there are many rooms!” Louisie declared, startled.
She then found herself in a
different room which was filled with couples. They too seemed surprised to
“Who told you to come here?”
they asked in unison.
“Don’t I have the right to
come?” Louisie asked, surprised.
“Did you get an order from the
boss to come here?” they demanded.
“No…” she answered thoughtfully; as she backed onto a railed balcony behind her. As she turned to look over the railing into infinite darkness, the couples all shouted at once: “Don’t go there! You’ll never return if you fall!”
“No matter what happens Stephanie, you are going to have to be strong!” Pastor Sachu told Louisie’s daughter before he stepped into the ICU. He had received her call while he and his wife were visiting at the hospital. That Louisie was only clinging to life after a first attempt to revive her, filled him with compassion for a family who had lost a husband and a father just 3 years earlier. If Louisie’s life had been driven with a consuming passion to see God’s face, Pastor Sachu had lived life determined to manifest his Father’s love. Such love for one’s neighbor couldn’t be faked, nor could it end after a hug or a word of encouragement. It meant making time for others when it was meaningful in their lives and not just when it was personally convenient.
Louisie met her husband at church when she was 22 years old. She shared her love of Jesus and the Bible with him and in time even taught him how to read and write. He became a pastor shortly after, and earned the nickname as the “Bible archaeologist”. He had an insatiable hunger for the Bible and he shared its riches through teachings, prayer sessions, bible study and counseling. The church he and Louisie served in a ghetto area of the city grew from 25 to 160 members in 34 years.
While their mission was not
always an easy one, Louisie continued to have dreams which edified
and encouraged her. In one dream, Louisie found herself being ushered into
the waiting area of an indescribably beautiful palace. She heard someone
say: “She can’t be presented like this; the king is looking for her!”
Suddenly, beautiful shimmering
garments appeared, flowing over her head and onto her body. A red velour
sash bearing her name in gold was placed across her shoulders and a golden
crown was placed upon her head. While she was being led forward; she
realized that she was entering the magnificent throne room of the Lord. His
face was obscured from her vision, but there was no mistaking her heavenly
Father when he spoke to her.
“There is a stone missing in
your crown, daughter.”
Instantly an angel appeared,
pressing a very large diamond onto the crest of her crown. Another angel
came forward and placed a golden sheathed sabre into her hand. “Now it is
complete.” he said. Upon awakening she realized that she had received God’s
authority and it was this grace that God wanted each and every one of his
children to enjoy.
One day, at the age of 68, Louisie’s husband, Joseph,
announced that his time and mission on earth was complete. He was quiet and
resolute, somehow not unlike the patriarchs of the Old Testament knowing
their time had come.
Before her husband passed away
several weeks later, Louisie dreamed of a large theatre with magnificent
velvet covered chairs. She was able to read the names written in Hebrew that
were upon them. “What are you looking for my daughter?” God had asked her.
“Where will my family sit?” The
urgency in her voice suddenly melted away upon locating the names of her
entire family. In a dream that followed shortly thereafter, a tableau of
stars and diamonds in heaven shone with her husband’s name.
These dreams, accompanied by the passing of her husband, filled Louisie with a supernatural sense of calm and serenity. Unbelievably, it was 61-year-old Louisie who would comfort the long lines of people that came to the family home expressing their condolences.
Louisie floated in and out of consciousness. She required immediate surgery on her heart. Pastor Sachu sensed that Louisie was struggling with something profound, and urged her to forgive and to repent. He placed his ear near her lips to catch what she was murmuring when suddenly the heart monitor alarm rang out for the second time. Ushered quickly out of the room, Pastor Sachu faced a frightened and grief stricken Stephanie who had since been joined by her brother Thierry and his wife Catherine. Gripped by the realization that their mother was being revived yet a second time, it was only Catherine who was able to sign the release forms for surgery. As the doctor returned back into the ICU, Pastor Sachu caught a glimpse of Louisie’s stiff body, and was surprised by how dark her skin had become. Without wasting time he and his wife found a place outside the hospital entrance and began to pray in a battle that lasted well into the rainy night. Similarly, in the waiting room, Thierry suddenly declared defiantly “She’s not going to die!” and he reached for his wife and sister’s hand and they too began to pray.
Louisie hadn’t heard the second alarm on the heart monitor. “You’ve seen enough now … it’s time for you to go.”
Louisie had been
watching beautiful children of various ages playing in a garden so
wonderful, there were no words to describe it. Stricken, she asked
incredulously: “Are you throwing me out?”
“We aren’t keeping you here, Louisie. We didn’t say that it was time for you to come. We know you like children, but Jesus comes to play with them each and every day.” The voice was firm regardless of how much she protested.
“What’s going on? Where am
I?” Louisie asked feebly, overwhelmed at the sight of the tubes and machines
that surrounded her. “God, how is it that I am here?”
The nurse in attendance
immediately tried to establish just how lucid Louisie was:
“What’s your name? How many children do you have?” she asked. But the questions tired Louisie and she closed her eyes again.
She was back in the beautiful garden watching the beautiful children play. She saw a huge iron door that reached from the ground to the sky.
“If your daughter doesn’t find
you at home, she’ll look for you everywhere and she’s sure to cry!” a voice
said. “You have to go back to her! Louisie, you just have to! The door
is about to close!”
The voice was so urgent, and the thought of her daughter not finding her, so heartbreaking, that Louisie started to cry.
Louisie had died three times that night and quickly became known as the “miracle lady”. Doctors reviewed her file over and over again, conferring and marveling at her full recovery. It wasn’t until fifteen days later that Louisie began speaking about having visited heaven, and although Catherine at first suspected her mother in law’s medication, the stories remained so consistent and the images so vibrant that the revelation became clear. Louisie had been somewhere so unlike earth and it had changed her forever.
learned later, that at the time she had taken ill, Louisie had planned to
visit the police in order to report that her daughter had been the victim of
an embezzlement of $10,000.00 committed by a relative. It had been
unforgiveness that had opened a crack in Louisie’s spiritual defenses that
almost gave Satan the victory that had eluded him at the river so long ago.
Tireless, “warrior” Louisie,
knows that heaven is real, and has picked up her mission in edifying others
in faith. She inspires widows to face their new lives alone with courage and
expectation, while she continues to work with children, women’s groups and
by sharing her vast knowledge of the Bible to equip others in their daily
struggles. A “rescuer”, a “river man”, a Pentecostal pioneer, a Bible
archaeologist and a pastor determined to manifest God's love were sent in
order that God’s plan for Louisie’s life be not only protected and nurtured
but guided into his perfect will!
Contact Information as of 2015: Louisie St. Mart: Residence Beau Sejours Avenue Pailleanque, F3 Quatres
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