Greetings from D R Congo,
Here we are with Thanksgiving just around the corner and does that ever bring back memories.
First, we want to thank you for all your help and prayer support for us. I should have written sooner, but with our lights and batteries the way they are, we just have to work around all of that "fujo" (craziness)! Right now at 1 PM, the lights are off again, but in a few hours we might have them on again.
|Gala, Kathy, Richard|
Gala and her husband invented the Go Ye Radio.
Gala will most likely win a Nobel Peace Prize for her
work on Reconciliation and Peace between tribes.
Before the 1996 wars, we used to have Thanksgiving with all the Missionaries in town, and there were quite a few. We used to all bring a dish of some favorite food, and many times we even had turkey! One of the Missionaries would fatten up a local, skinny turkey, and cook it for the rest of us. One year, one of our Missionaries brought out a turkey from the States in their luggage! Of course, the bag or trunk got mislaid or delayed and it thawed out on the trip, but we held our breath and cooked it anyway! We all made it! If we don't have turkey, we buy some chickens and pretend they're turkeys!!
At Thanksgiving time, we're always asked what we're thankful for. We could take forever to make a very long list to answer that question, but since we don't have that much time (in heaven we'll have that privilege), here are a few things we're very thankful for:
First, we who are saved because of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died and was buried and rose again the third day, have eternal life! We will Praise Him forever and ever!
We're thankful for family and friends, especially Harold and Barbara Smith, who have dedicated their lives to serving our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ along with our special BESI Board of Directors, Representatives, Churches, Prayer Warriors, and Partners who also have come-along-side, with the Holy Spirit's Enabling, to keep us in the D. R. Congo and Central Africa with the Radio and other outreach Ministries going with their love, prayers, and hard work!!
Just this week, we were reminded, of how thankful we should be, each day and moment, of how the Lord brings us through so many good times and even the hard times. He is always Faithful! This little story is to remind us of how thankful we should be...
...A man and his wife and five children recently moved to Bukavu from the jungle to escape the dangers of living down-country. As time went on, the kids settled into school and the oldest girl of 14 years became the #1 best student in all the schools, always achieving the highest grades. She was so happy. Then, the family started running out of money, and the father went back down-country to go find work, but all during the past six months, the mother and children didn't hear from him!
One day, the mother didn't have anymore flour or oil to prepare food to sell at the market and went back home at the end of the day only to find her 14 year old girl all curled up, not wanting to look at her little brother and sisters because she knew that there was no more food in the house, and their mother hadn't come home with any food either! She was losing hope.
The next day, yesterday, the mother found her daughter had died, and the Doctors say that in shock, she just had given up hope. Doctors couldn't find anything wrong with her. Her heart just gave out from the worries of life!