Their Own Story

Saturday, May 4

5.4By Jeanne Marie Bwalya Chola of Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo
And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”

—Matthew 25:40

In the community of Kampemba, there was a woman named Mwelwa, aged 70 years. Her husband was long retired. After a few years, life was bad for Mwelwa. To find food for the family when the husband is not working is very difficult in Africa.

As the family suffered, several died. Four children died, and then a daughter died after giving birth. This old mama was desolate after losing five children in three years.

Now life has changed. People in the community know her, and she has been supported by them. Also a non-governmental organization, HealthEd Connect, has supported this family. HealthEd Connect has helped by equipping the Kafwa (community health workers) to be ready when need arises. The Kafwa are community problem-solvers!

This mama says thank you so much for the assistance and support you have given. You have made her life better. Life for this mama has changed. She has a lot of friends in the community and outside the community to look after her family.

Editor’s note: World Hunger/Tangible Love funds, provided through the Mission Initiative of Abolish Poverty, End Suffering, have helped support the work of HealthEd Connect.

Prayer for Peace
We know you weep with us, compassionate God, when we weep for the loss of our loved ones. At these times we receive blessings of care from the community. May we share those blessings and the peace of Christ with strangers and our families.

Spiritual Practice: Abolish Poverty, End Suffering
Read and reflect on John 21:15–17 as a meditation. Let your mind be drawn to places where people have no homes. Think of refugees whose homes were destroyed by war or natural disaster. Be aware of the hungry and homeless, who wander the streets or live in shelters. Let the images fill your mind. Offer a prayer for those who are suffering. Imagine Christ tending those sheep. Think of ways you might end their suffering as part of your mission. Throughout the day, carry in your mind the voice of Christ saying: “Feed my lambs…tend my sheep…feed my sheep.”

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will pray to perceive needs and work to end suffering.

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