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Congo Crisis Entry 11

The morning came for their trip to the interior city of Ilebo. Alessandra was excited.

Roosters, thousands of them, trumpeted the morning, forcing Alessandra awake earlier than she had planned to be. She had never been subjected to the routine of roosters back in her comfortable suburban home.

After showering and packing, Alessandra discovered that she had almost an hour until breakfast and two hours until Dan was to pick her up. She decided to read and analyze the book of Philippians. The Apostle Paul was a missionary; he, too, had experienced many problems during his missionary journeys. Alessandra wrote down some thoughts for further meditation. One thing stood out: Paul “learned to be content” no matter the circumstances. If contentment was learned, she prayed that God would teach her.

The verse Alessandra had read was in Philippians 4:11. “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” No matter where on the planet we are. No matter what our circumstances, God has the capacity to teach us contentment. May we be eager students of this life lesson.

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