I am a pilot and a mechanic; that's what I do...not who I am. I fly in Congo, but that's not why I'm here. Tonight I re-affirmed the real reason why I am here, why I learned French, why I put up with marginal electricity, water I can't drink, and corrupt officials just looking to make some money. I often told people during our full-time support raising that my love is flying, but my passion, who I am, is serving people. Tonight, a local Congolese pastor (who by the way speaks more languages than I can count) and I teamed up to show the "Jesus Film" in Swahili near an orphanage just outside of town. I was there to help him set up the equipment and show him how to use it. I didn't fly at all today, yet I'm tired and fulfilled. It's a beautiful thing to watch the face of a young boy or girl (who has lost everything) react to the unjust crucifixion and death of Jesus, and then see them light up with joy and hope when they realize that even death could not conquer him.
Most of the night I chatted with an 11 year old, very outgoing girl. It was good for my French! She told me about how her mom and dad were murdered by rebel militias who came and attacked their village to rape, kill, and steal. She escaped with some of her friends by running into the jungle and hiding for several days. They returned home, only to find their families dead or gone, their homes burned, their few possessions stolen. She looked for her brothers and sister, uncles and aunts, cousins, but none were found. Somehow or other, she ended up here, on the outskirts of Bunia, in an orphanage. I ask her if she understands the story of Jesus and if she believes in him. Her reply was a quick and confident, "oh yes." She goes on to say, "Jesus is the only one who has never abandoned me; He is the only family I have left now, if you know what I mean." I was speechless. What would you say to that? All I could think of was to say I'm sorry for your family, but I'm glad you believe in Jesus. She smiles and says, "I'm sorry for them too, they didn't know Jesus like I do, but that's the way he wanted it." And I ended the conversation by encouraging her to tell everyone she knows about Jesus, because you never know when something bad might happen.
I am a pilot and mechanic, that's what I do...not who I am. I am a child of the King, and I am here to tell people who Jesus is and what he did for them. Who are you?