Life Is Better than Before

Saturday, August 24

8-24By Jeanne Marie Kalaba Kiwele of Lubumbashi, Congo

…for during a severe ordeal of affliction, their abundant joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part…3 they voluntarily gave according to their means, and even beyond their means, 45and this, not merely as we expected; they gave themselves first to the Lord and, by the will of God, to us…

—2 Corinthians 8:2–5

In our community, we had a sister named Mambwe. She had a child named Mary, who was 2 years old. Mambwe was living in Village Poland. They stayed in a house made of bricks, with a grass roof.

Mambwe’s husband was not working. He had lost his job a long time before. Sister Mambwe’s daughter was very sick, but she did not decide to take the child to the hospital until a member of the Kafwa (HealthEd Connect volunteer) encouraged her.

When they arrived, the doctor examined the child and found she had malaria and anemia. She was admitted to the hospital for almost one week. They received a prescription for medicine, but they had no money. The Kafwa took the prescription and used its group money. Mary was discharged from the hospital and recovered completely.

Their life in the past had been bad from illness and poverty. Now, since the child has recovered, life is better.

HealthEd Connect helped because it did not wait for problems but prepared the Kafwa, who always have the heart to help people in time of need. This family appreciated so much the assistance. They are good friends now. Life now for sister Mambwe and her daughter, Mary, is better. Praise God.

Prayer for Peace
Compassionate God, who weeps for the poor, may we always be aware of those in need around the world. We are thankful for volunteers who help when we are too far away. May we be generous in support of efforts to Abolish Poverty, End Suffering. In this way we share the peace of Christ.

Spiritual Practice: Making Responsible Choices
Offer yourself to God with the prayer of Teresa of Avila: “God, what do you want of me today?” Sit prayerfully with this question as you review the day again. Be aware of images, thoughts, names, or actions that come to you. Ask for a blessing to live this day responsibly and compassionately in the Spirit of Christ.

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will show my appreciation for all that I have by sharing.

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  1. Vera Entwistle

     /  24 August 2013

    What a wonderful story to begin my day here in Colorado.and a reminder that we should reach out to each other in times of need. God continue to bless you all.

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