Remember the former things long past, for I am God, and there is no other. Isaiah 46:9
There is no doubt 2020 has been a difficult and challenging year for so many: lost lives, lost jobs & livelihoods, lost respect for others, lost opportunities, and for many, lost hope. As fall approaches and with it the end of a tumultuous year, I want to remember the good things that happened… and remind myself that God is as much with us in the darkest days as in the brightest ones.
I remember Christine, the ‘Proverbs 29’ woman who was later crippled and unable to care for herself or her family. With the help of a walker and rehab, she healed. She tells me that she ‘hung that walker over her bed’ and begins each day by rejoicing and thanking God.
I remember Francine, a young girl abandoned at the age of eight. She struggled to survive and to be able to attend school. She will soon be starting her last year of Law School … a great accomplishment for a young woman in eastern Congo!
I remember Dr Justin’s family and neighbors who lost their homes in a horrific fire. An outpouring of love brought funds to help them rebuild their homes.
I remember Nyiramwiza. Her husband and one son were killed in a militia attack while Emmanuel was shot and left paralyzed and bed ridden for 10 years. We found a wheelchair for him and he has enrolled in classes. They also have a new little house to live in! Nyiramwiza told me that in her distress she thought she had no one …but God did not forget her. She shared with me, “I know He cares for the widow and orphan but who am I that God would prompt persons from across an ocean to respond in love to our needs?” She cried and praised God in prayer meeting at HEAL Africa Chapel.
I remember Arlette, the young orphan with a foot deformity. She used crutches far too small until we found new ones that fit. Later, following surgery she now can walk and run freely without crutches at all! She continues to thrive in school and in Sunday School.
I remember Monique and her 5 young children. She lives on the lava flow, and her house did not provide protection from the rainy season. Her home has now been rebuilt and she rejoices that God has answered her prayers.
I remember Venancie. Bedridden and in pain for months after being struck in the road by a motorcycle, surgery brought her new life with a new hip!
I remember Amina and Ruth, her grandmother, who lost her leg in a truck accident. They were at HEAL Africa for months of surgery, rehab, and loving care. Ruth now has a prosthetic leg and can better care for herself and Amina.
God opens our eyes to the needs around us, and we write the stories. He has opened your hearts. Your response with prayers, and with gifts of love has brought blessing to these and so many more!
Remember His marvelous works that He hath done, his wonders, and the judgments of His mouth. 1 Chronicles 16:12