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Congo Crisis Entry 51

As chaotic as the ferry ride was, the port in Brazzaville excessively more. Alessandra first encountered opposition at the health...

Congo Crisis Entry 50

Outside of the N’Jili airport and on the way across town to the MPH hostel, Alessandra commented on how few people were out and about on...

Congo Crisis Entry 49

The plane took off, with Alessandra leaning her head back against the seat to prevent motion sickness. Despite the dilapidated field,...

Congo Crisis Entry 48

Arrangements were made for Alessandra to fly out of Ilebo on Monday morning. Since Dan was grounded at Kindu, the missionary aviation...

Congo Crisis Entry 47

It seemed like hours before Alessandra could settle her mind in her new bedroom in Rob’s office. She tossed and turned, letting worry...

Congo Crisis Entry 46

The next morning, the family realized that the night of sleep had not improved the security of the Congo; rather it had made it worse. A...

Congo Crisis Entry 45

Rob, Cathy, and Alessandra discussed options after the pastors left. Cathy said, “If Alessandra doesn’t make plans to leave now though,...

Congo Crisis Entry 44

After the men finalized their plans to chat the next morning on the two-way radio, Wesley requested to say goodbye to Alessandra. The two...

Congo Crisis Entry 43

The funeral ended. The graveside burial was performed on Tuesday morning. Throughout the week, the family slowly managed their grief...

Congo Crisis Entry 42

The family helped Katey make arrangements for a small casket and discussed with him the program for the funeral. In Congo, the ceremony...

Congo Crisis Entry 41

After breakfast the next morning, Alessandra was sitting with Rob and Cathy on the front porch discussing the fact that Katey would...

Congo Crisis Entry 40

Before the service the next morning, Rob spoke of the need to “bear one another’s burdens,” while informing the congregation of Baby...

Congo Crisis Entry 39

When the girls returned home and shared their conversation with Esther, Rob and Cathy responded swiftly. They rode off on the dirt bike,...

Congo Crisis Entry 38

Five weeks marched by in regular succession. Alessandra continued to study the Lingala language, and her teacher Katey was happy with her...

Congo Crisis Entry 37

Walking through the early morning forest was an exercise in exhilaration for Alessandra. Everything smelled fresh and heavy with tropical...

Congo Crisis Entry 36

Saturday morning came early, the day Alessandra was to head to the garden with her Congolese friend. She woke early, dressed in loose,...

Congo Crisis Entry 35

Thursday and Friday were fairly uneventful days. Alessandra studied with Katey and was pleased to hear him praise her progress. She was...

Congo Crisis Entry 34

That Wednesday, Alessandra cooked the main meal, surprising the family with a Mexican lasagna, made with homemade tortillas. That evening...

Congo Crisis Entry 33

After the ladies’ meeting, several of the Congolese women walked beside Cathy and Alessandra. Mama Tshala invited Alessandra to go to her...

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