Thursday, September 3, 2009

50,000 died in three days!

Fifteen years ago yesterday on September 2, 1994, I led a team of thirteen from Seattle and other parts of the US to Goma, Zaire (Congo) to work in a refugee camp of over one million Hutus from Rwanda. Over 50,000 had died in three days from Cholera. We put up medical tents and went to work. We hired 300 men to build stretchers to carry the sick to us. Hundreds were treated and saved medically and many more responded to the glorious Gospel of Christ. This little team of thirteen went to a death camp in Africa. All were fearful and feeling very inadequate to the overwhelming task, but in faith stepped forward anyway.

Someone said, “Don’t let the immensity of the task overwhelm you, but let it drive you to do something about it to the glory of God.”

As James says, “So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin” (James 4:17, esv).

(A side note: Even though this experience in the midst of death was terrible, sad and dangerous, it was the first step of ACTION’s ministry in Africa, with missionaries now serving in Rwanda, Malawi, Uganda and Zambia.)

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