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Covering Testimony: Vian Elisabeth

Head Covering Testimonies

Name: Vian Elisabeth | Age: 23 | Location: Norway | Starting Covering: Summer 2014



Vian Elisabeth

1) Introduce yourself to our readers.

I am a Norwegian, the oldest of my siblings. I work as a teacher and assistant at a Christian school, while studying Bible Translation. I came to know the Lord in the end of 2013, and since then I’ve had only one goal in life – to live a life set apart for the Lord and His work. I love reading missionary biographies, playing the piano, singing, doing embroidery, knitting, as well as cooking!

2) Where do you attend church? Tell us a little bit about it. Do others practice headcovering there?

I attend a conservative Lutheran congregation in Norway. It’s a wonderful congregation with many faithfull believers. A few other women there practice head covering, which is great.

3) What led you to start covering?

I’d never given headcovering much thought before. It was when I became a true Christian and read through the Bible for the first time with my “eyes opened” that the words of 1 Corinthians 11 stood out to me. The Bible convinced me, as well as reading that this has been the common Christian practice throughout history.

4) What was that first Sunday like when you showed up in a covering?

It was very much like any other Sunday, nobody seemed to think of it. But I have had people come up to me and say that they are happy to see the biblical practice of headcovering still being followed. That’s been an encouragement! Some children have also asked me why I’m “wearing that thing on my head”. It’s funny, when I tell them what it is they usually say it looks pretty. So my experience has mostly been very positive.

5) Tell us about the practice of head covering in Norway. Are there any denominations that practice it? Is it typical to find even a few people that will cover in a typical evangelical church?

I can’t say I know of any Churches where headcovering is the common practice, but it’s normal to find a few women covering in some evangelical Churches.

6) What counsel can you give to women that do not cover out of fear?

The Bible tells women to be fearless, to trust in the Lord. If you are convinced that this is what Scripture says, just do it. That’s been a motto for me at any time when the Lord’s command seems irksome or hard – just obey, and He will take care of the rest. I would also recommend not doing it in defiance, that’s like putting “a gold ring on a pig’s snout”.

7) What would you say is the best and the most difficult aspect about head covering?

I think it’s a good reminder for me to stay humble. When I’m using a head covering I am reminded that I am a woman, with all that entails. It helps me keep humble too. The most difficult aspect is meeting people who were in my life before I was a Christian while I’m wearing the covering. I’m a bit shy so I don’t like the attention that brings. At the same time; it might be a visible witness to what the Lord has done in my heart.

8) What kind of covering(s) do you use? Where did you get them?

I’ve bought mine at Garlands of Grace. They are very feminine. I’ve been using different types, right now I will be using a snood.

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  • Pastor Robin Bassam

    Vian, that is a great Head Covering Testimony that you have shared with us. I am so pleased to see that there are ladies in Norway who are obeying the clear command of the Bible. I am the Pastor of Trondheim International Church which is a conservative English speaking Evangelical Church in the centre of Trondheim. We emphasise holiness, obedience to God and His Word and the importance of living our lives to please Him. Our church teaches the importance of Head Covering, although we believe that it should be a choice for every woman. Many of our Head Covering sisters are new Christians who love to cover. They receive teaching from 1 Corinthians 11 and are immediately convinced that this is a blessing from God. About 60% of our women wear a head covering at our Sunday International Service and almost all our ladies wear a Head Covering at our Friday and Sunday Bible Studies and Prayer Meetings. I pray that more Norwegian women will be led back to this wonderful truth of Head Covering. Thank you so much for your obedience to God’s Word and your clear testimony that is honouring to the Lord. God Bless You.

    • DeborahElisabeth

      It’s great to hear that a lot of the ladies in your Church are practicing head covering, and that you have a Church that is faithful to the Word of God! Perhaps our paths cross some day, at least I will know which Church to visit if I’m in the Trondheim area one day.
      God bless you!

      • Pastor Robin Bassam

        Thank you for your very encouraging reply DeborahElisabeth. I believe we are the only church in Trondheim that teaches the biblical truth of Head Covering. We are a conservative evangelical church that teaches repentance, salvation by grace and the need to live a holy, transformed Christian life. Because our church is an independent church we feel a little isolated and have been trying to contact other conservative evangelical churches in Norway. We have heard about a church in Stavanger called Salem and believe they are also a conservative church faithful to the Bible. If you know of any other churches who hold to similar teachings as ours I would be very grateful to have contact with them. One of our young men is going to Stavanger in two weeks time to study Bible Translation. Thank you once again for your wonderful testimony. God bless you.

        • DeborahElisabeth

          I have also had trouble finding sound churches here in Norway, but I’ve found a very good congregation now with a clear understanding of repentance, faith and holiness. What a coincidence to hear that one of your members are going to Stavanger to study bible translation, that’s where I’ll be studying bible translation as well! I believe there were only three students in Norway to that specific study, so he must be one of the two others in addition to me.

          • Pastor Robin Bassam

            Yes he will be a fellow student. When he applied he told me that there were only three places on the course. His name is Tommy. It is very surprising and quite amazing.

  • Sara June Thompson

    Wow, that’s awesome how God is working in Norway to bring head covering into many churches. God bless you as you shine His Light into the world.

  • Brenda

    Hi, Vain thank you for sharing your own experience. I want to encourage women considering practicing the headcovering to join the women’t facebook page called headcovering Christian women. This is an awesome support group and if you just want to explore if this is a practice you would like to consider it is a great place to read and post questions. I personally was raised in a church that in the past taught headcovering. When I was a teen the practice was beginning to die. Myself and several teens were the only ones still covering and some of the adults still did. Then I went to a bible college that required headcoverings full time. When talking to the guidance counselor regarding this passage and that my home church didn’t require it, he stated the headcovering was not for today that the hair was the headcovering. Just this year I was again wondering about this and came upon the headcovering movement video’s and was surprised to hear the root words for covering in the original language were different. This leads me to believe it is possible that false teachers have entered the church, teaching falsely that the headcovering is not for today, since they understand fully the spiritual protection this offers a faith based marriage and community of believers. Until 100 years ago, all commentators agreed that the headcovering was for today, and until 20-30 years ago, almost all churches, most women at least for worship covered. After reading and viewing the headcovering video’s I immediately felt convicted to begin covering. When I thought of the mandate to pray without ceasing and Paul says not to pray or phrophesy without you head covered, I felt convicted to cover in some way 24/7 or most of the time, except when at home alone with my husband. I had been practicing it for 2-3 weeks when I also meet another women in the area that headcovers and she attested to the changes that occurred in her marriage and in the way she was treated by other men. Her marriage which was on the rocks completely turned around as well. Then I began to notice that there was more tenderness in my own marriage. I was less apt to speak disrespectfully to my husband and when I do, I am convicted immediately to repent and ask forgiveness. In turn, my hubby when his is not ideally loving, more immediately responds apologizing where in the past, that didn’t always occur. He then became more open to spiritual things. For me it is a reminder to start my day with him and include him in all apects of my day. Then, another great benefit is I completely feel less spiritually harassed by the enemy. My thoughts, feelings and emotions are simply not manipulated like they have been in the past, since beginning to headcover and then there just seems to be a natural authority spiritually that others acknowledge and respect. When I talk others are more apt to stop and listen, as I believe their is spiritual authority in the spiritual realm that is simply recognized by the human spirit. I believe that the spirits around individuals..good ones if they are Christians and bad ones if they are not recognize I am armed and covered and it causes individuals to respond with more respect to me. also I think it made me become more aware of how God views clothing. I dress very modestly compared to the American culture around me, but I suddenly began to see my wardrobe from a different perspective. Pants that were tight fitting didn’t feel comfortable to wear and leggings without longer covers, mid thigh or below the knee are no longer something I choose, and dresses that were shorter( at first it was the ones just above the knees I took out of the closet, now the ones just below my knee feel plenty short, and these didn’t feel appropriate and sleeveless or very short sleeved began to feel like I was showing too much, unless this was in my own home. Maxi skirts feel perfect or calf length and I am just less into how I look for affirmation. The headcovering is a reminder of a covenant with the God I love and serve and his tremendous love for me. So my regular church which I attend on Sabbath, my friend and I are the only ones covering now. At the church I attend with my hubby, I am the only one covering full time, and my mother is the only other one covering in public worship services and I have to admire her immensely for her stance of continuing to cover when no one else does. I feel my headcovering, and wearing it 24/7 except for some periods when my hubby and I are alone has already brought many, many blessings. I don’t want to go without the blessings I am seeing in my life. I vary the headcovering, I like fasicnators, but my hubby isn’t really fond of those so I have set them aside, and gone to the scarves he prefers some full hats as well. I usually go with wide headband or scarves folded to headband or partial covering currently, and for the winter I may go with a wide crocheted headband with roses, a viable
    on ebay. I have found so many nice wide headbands on ebay for 99 cents to 1.50, nice cotton ones etc. I love some of the scarves and am excited to perhaps cover with more. I would however say if you are new to headcovering, ease into it with coverings that don’t set you apart as much, since you will likely be the only one doing it. If you start small with headbands, you will be more apt to continue to practice this longterm then if you start with a bang and cover the whole head and get all sorts of comments from individuals to the negative, and there will be plenty of them. Overall, if you choose to go this route, you should be so blessed if you are looking for the blessing.

  • Amy Unruh

    Thank you for sharing. I love to see these testimonies. I should write one, too.

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