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Congo Crisis Entry 20

The tropical dawn awoke Alessandra with a beauty all its own. A loud screeching sound caught her attention, and she looked out the window just in time to catch a glance of a flock of African gray parrots overhead. Several others answered the screech, and Alessandra continued to hear their chatter until they flew out of earshot.

“What a change from the chirp of a robin,” Alessandra thought as she hopped out of bed. She dressed, combed her auburn locks, and took time to French braid it to keep cool. She didn’t plan on using any makeup except mascara and lip gloss, which only took a minute to apply.

Dragging the wicker chair just outside her door, she settled down to converse with the Lord and wait for the family to wake up and open the front door. The Carmichael’s German Shepherd, Boaz, trotted around from the back of the house to greet her and beg for attention. Although it was only 6:30 in the morning, the sun was already promising to warm things up. As soon as she heard the front door open, Alessandra headed that way and greeted Cathy with a cheery good morning and a request to use the bathroom.

Cathy then treated her to a cup of an instant coffee drink called Ricoffy. Alessandra complimented its smooth, rich flavor. The two settled on the front porch to discuss the events of the night before and the loss of that child. Cathy explained the way in which the Congolese lived so close to death as a haunting reality. God Himself was their hope for life and eternal life. The women continued to discuss this and other topics before breakfast.

Just as Alessandra was gaining insight into the harsh reality of life and death in Congo, all humanity should embrace the truth of exactly how valuable life is. And for every person on the planet, life lies within the heart of the Giver of life, Jesus. In John 14:6, Jesus made this simple yet powerful statement: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father, but by me.” Missionary families and national Christians in every country on earth share this simple offer of life. Life, and eternal life, lie within a relationship with the Life known as Jesus. Let’s draw near to Him, imbibe His life, and then share it with others.

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