Here’s the rest of the story I alluded to in my recent post “Persona.”
For the first five of our nine days in Liberia, I tagged along with the team, attending church and visiting the local supporters and sister charities BESTWA is connected with. We met many people–children, medical personnel, teachers, the elderly, cooks, government officials, hospital patients, pastors–and got a feel for their culture and the challenges they face.
The one thing I didn’t get was any quiet time with our Liberian Field Director, Daniel, to listen to and record his stories. I’d recorded only a few conversations in the car, complete with road noise and music. And the occasional roar as we downshifted to charge up a particularly steep hill.
Anyway, by the fifth day I was beginning to panic. How am I gonna write a biography if there’s no time to interview the subject?
But soon the Lord brought me around to Romans 8:28. Oh, wait… He is working everything out for good. That helped me relax and submit to His sovereignty through our leadership. After all, information can be sent electronically. The main reason I needed to be in the country was to absorb the feel, the sounds and smells, the manners and personalities of ordinary citizens, the cadence of speech.
And that, I was doing. Nooooo problem.
Then suddenly, on the sixth day, we had no place to rush off to after breakfast and the team meeting. Daniel and I sat in the dining / conference room, fan humming softly in the background, and he told me about his childhood. His struggle to become educated. More struggles to survive and care for his family during the long civil war.
Daniel had overcome challenges that left my little frustrations in the shade.
Working with this courageous, unassuming man of God is a huge honor for me.
And now I have a framework to start assembling Daniel’s life story, and will have more opportunities to talk with him as the project goes along.
God was right. He knows what my project needs better than I do. He took every apparent obstacle and turned it into a blessing that benefits the work.
I hope you find my story encouraging. Whatever you’re doing, God knows what he’s doing and he has your best interest at heart.
Thanks for reading,