A woman’s insight on perseverance

A guest post from Pam Walter.

How can a woman who has suffered so much be thinking of others? This is the question John’s asking in the face of Vimulia’s story. Well, in thinking about the answer, I recalled a conversation I had recently with my friend, Rena, as we returned from an afternoon of lunch and movie-going at the mall. Benign activities on the surface, shallow even, but our conversation took us to the Congo, to the work of She’s My Sister. Rena’s response was, “I want to go, I want to help.” I told her it’s a dangerous place for women, not like traveling on vacation in Ireland. She said, “I have nothing to fear, Pam. The worst thing that could ever happen to a person has already happened to me. What do I have to fear?”

Rena is a single mother of an only child. Last fall, her son died unexpectedly, tragically, rocking her world on its axis. Like Vimulia, her worst fear became reality. Now, as she looks to the future, she reacts to the pain of others with a desire to act, to help. Her reaction seems to echo the response of Vimulia, who has endured the worst and yet thinks of others. How can you explain such a thing?

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~ by Peter on June 19, 2012.

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