The girl on the left in the photo is Gloria. On the right is her friend Bellina, (and I’m in the middle.) Gloria’s from the Congo. On Saturday, she acted as a translator for us as we did door to door evangelism. This is what I learned of her story.
As I said earlier, Gloria’s from the Congo. If you didn’t know already, there’s war going on there. She lived in the southern region with her parents and (two?) brothers. One day, while she and her brothers were in school, the news came that her parents had been killed by soldiers, and the soldiers were now headed towards the school. When the students heard that, everyone just began running. Somehow, she managed to stay with her brothers, and they ran until they reached a church. (I don’t know where the church was.) The church was able to give them transportation to get them to Dzaleka here in Malawi. It’s at least a thousand mile journey.
Now, Gloria has been living in Dzaleka for two years. She’s 15 years old, and studies at the primary school there. She just completed standard 7, which would be our grade 6. Out of the 84 students in her class (there’s 1,000 children total at the school, and 7 teachers!) she was 4th. She said that her favorite subjects were math, science and French. When I asked her what she wanted to do when she grows up, she said that she either wanted to be an airplane pilot, or a lawyer. Hopefully conditions will change in the Congo soon, and she’ll be able to go home.
But you know what’s strange? I asked her if she was happy there at Dzaleka, and she said yes. She said that she is alive and together with her family and has Jesus. What am I happy about?