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Congo Crisis Entry 5

The day had arrived! Weeks of planning, packing, visas, and travel vaccines, and the day had arrived for Alessandra to head to the airport to begin her trek to Congo. After the family had helped their adventurer get her trunks checked, they settled in a corner of an airport lounge to await departure. Everyone was hungry and said so.

“I’ve got you covered,” exclaimed Julia as she placed an oversize backpack on the table in front of her. She proceeded to pull out ham and cheese sandwiches, a can of Pringles, and juice boxes.

“You’re my hero! What made you bring all of this?” Alessandra asked.

“My home economics teacher always encouraged us to think through the day and figure out where a snack or meal would be most appropriate. I knew we’d all be hungry by suppertime, so I prepared this while you guys were at the grocery store this morning.”

The next hour flew by on the wings of pleasant conversation. Before Alessandra knew it, she was saying an emotional goodbye to her family and heading through the security check.

All gifts are truly a gift from God, even when humans do the delivering. James 1:17 reminds us, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” Julia’s last gift to Alessandra before she headed off to Congo for a short-term mission trip was a well-timed meal. May we be sensitive to when to fulfill God’s purpose and give such a gift. And may we be thankful to receive them.


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