Worth it

This morning my alarm clock sounds different from normal. Instead of the beeping, I awake to a choir of tropical birds backed by clanging pots and a crowing rooster. The cries of a baby are the descant; the bass is sustained by a man’s deep voice singing along the path outside my window.

Sitting up in bed enveloped by a mosquito net, my soul smiles as it finally registers: I’m back in Congo.

Arriving late in the night and weary from the 42 hours en route, I must have been delusional, stumbling to bed in the darkness of a home without electricity.

Now in broad daylight using solar powered internet, I open my journal and share my heart.

Contemplating my return, I remember all the illness I suffered last time.
Is it worth it?
With increased danger due to Congo’s elections, I examine the risk.
Is it worth it?
Spending nearly equal time traveling as I will visiting, I wonder,
Is it even worth it?

But something in my gut told me to go.

So, 5 days in transit and a mere 7 days in Beni.

  • When the Mamas welcome me with smiles and songs, praising God for bringing me back, I know its worth it.
  • When I arrive at UCBC and see the look on students’ faces when they realize I have not forgotten about them, I know its worth it.
  • When Bethany and Chelsie (volunteer staff) need assistance with English courses and I can help instruct, I know its worth it.

Anselme replacing guitar strings and receiving drumsticks for the band

  • When the chapel band drummer is playing with literal sticks (as in, twigs from the forest) and I surprise him with several pairs of drum sticks, I know its worth it.
  • When Anselme shows me the worship band’s guitar with only 5 fraying strings and I’m able to exchange him for a brand new set, I know its worth it.

And even if I accomplish very little by American standards, my presence is accomplishing more than I ever imagined it could.



8 responses to “Worth it

  1. excited to see how God is using you even in a short time in Congo – that’s awesome 🙂

  2. Megan, you are showing your Congo friends that not only is “it” worth it, but they are worth it. What a statement to return. Go with God. Love, Sarah

  3. It’s all worth it in God’s economy. Thanks for sharing your initial interactions. We are with you in spirit.

  4. Small things often have the biggest impact. Good for you for obeying God’s call.

  5. I’m glad that this is happening. I think it’s cool that you’re plugged into their needs. Will you come back for longer periods in the future?

  6. Wow, since we moved, we have been out of touch… and did not even know you were on your way back to the Congo. They are so blessed to have you there. You are making a difference every day. Is there anything that is more rewarding in life? Stay optimistic. We will keep more in touch now that you are across the world. Our thoughts & prayers are with you. S & O.

  7. How beautiful on the mountain are the feet of those who bring good news,
    who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings,who proclaim salvation.Isa52:7
    I’m glad you’ve chosen to show your Congalese family that they were never far from your heart by the gift that your presence brings. Tell the mammas that the Doctor sends his greetings and tell Noahae(sp) that I wish him well and miss his smile.

  8. WOW! I didn’t even know you went! I can’t wait to hear about how the Lord led you back there:)
    Mel B.

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