Alessandra enjoyed seeing the home of Katey and Matshingi and meeting their children. She especially loved seeing how the couple interacted with each other. Katey explained that he was a machinist, that he made things from scratch with scrap metal: chairs, tables, and even shotguns. Alessandra admired his craftsmanship.
The meeting was full of inspiration. The singing, testimonies, and prayer requests that the ladies shared united their hearts in a oneness of spirit. Before Cathy began her lesson, she asked Alessandra to share her testimony of salvation and calling. The mamas listened with interest as she rehearsed the story of how she came to know Christ as her Savior. When she shared how her mother had died of cancer, and her father had remarried a widow with two children, the women began clucking their tongues and shaking their heads. They looked at her with sympathy, sharing in her sorrows, and were amazed when she explained about her decision to take this trip and her mother’s legacy providing for it years earlier.
Cathy picked up the theme and expanded how the Heavenly Father always sees what is needed even before His children do and provides for it. Empathy is simply taught in Romans 12:15, “Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.” God loves it when our souls connect with others through shared experiences. The women of the Congo, who were very familiar with sorrow, connected with Alessandra over the loss of her mother. That link became the thing that knit their spirits together. May we embrace opportunities to practice empathy with our family in Christ. It’s a beautiful thing!