Just as Job did not take the advice of his wife to "curse God and die" when faced with horrendous adversity, the Mweneake family's fiercely held convictions have brought them through a drawn-out nightmare to the other side. Their peaceful community evaporated in an instant when marauding factions divided parents from children, exposing them to things no one should have to hear about, much less experience.
In a way, Msenwa's escape and survival story is a sort of road trip: a winding path through DR Congo, Burundi, Tanzania, Kenya and half way around the world. Like deadly games of Russian roulette, he was forced to make snap decisions that might cost his life and that of his sisters. With a bulldog's tenacity, he refused to let go of his belief that God had a plan for his life, even if that plan meant it was time to die. Not cursing God and dying, but praising God and dying.
It appears that God has other plans. Msenwa's life so far seems designed to illustrate to us in living colour what dependence on God means. From the horrific to the mundane, Msenwa's life is an exercise of living in the moment, making the choice to believe instead of doubt and to stand on the promises of God.
The lesson is not over. Much of his family continue to languish in over burdened and poorly designed refugee camps, as they have for two decades. Meanwhile, the murder and rape in his homeland continues. At this writing the world is focusing on the refugee crisis arising out of Syria and impacting Europe. If only a fraction of that attention could be focused on the ongoing misery of those suffering, not for a few weeks, but decades now, in DR Congo.
It is time for a new normal. A "normal" where indifference to suffering is unheard of, a "normal" where individuals tolerate differences and prosper in hard work, a "normal" where children are children until it is time for them to rise. That, my friends, is where Msenwa's story takes us. Like stories in the Bible, God gives us a wonderful gift in weaving a gripping story through Msenwa. It is a gift that none of us would want to live but endears us to the one that did. The world owes the Mweneake family a debt of gratitude, for it was the godly fostering of their son which has resulted in us receiving such a blessing. To share in that blessing, read on.
Paul Stevenson, PhD
Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester, NY
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|Size: ||3.0 MB|
|Publisher: ||Msenwa Oliver Mweneake|
|Date published: || 2016|
|ISBN: ||9781926798547 (DRM-EPUB)|
|Read Aloud: ||not allowed|