Mama, I’m hungry and thirsty. Mama, I’m cold. Mama, where are you? I need you…..
This may well be the heart-wrenching cry of a little baby boy named Danu in the Congo in Africa. In this desolate place, where malnutrition, oh let’s call it like it is, starvation stunts the growth of 66% of the children, there is hope. Here where nine out of ten women have lived through the death of a child younger than age six, there is hope. Here where only 24% of the girls are privileged to go to school, there is hope.
Psalm 121:1-2 says, “I lift my eyes to the hills—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Maker of heaven and earth.”
Yes, Danu is a real little boy. Only for him, his mother could not answer. She had died in childbirth. Living in a pagan village the people thought he was cursed. So his father laid Danu on the ground in the cemetery, there to die.
By the grace of God, a Covenant missionary woman came along and rescued him from certain death. As she carried this dying little baby boy away, she changed his name from Danu, which in Congolese means “abandoned,” to his new name, Precious.
I share this abbreviated story because I know first-hand that it is true. Danu’s story and so many like him have opened my eyes and heart to the plight of so many children in this area of the Congo.
“I lift my eyes to the hills from which my help comes….” Sometimes, no most of the time, I feel like God has placed me in those hills to deliver help---and I do, as much as I can.
You may think I’m forward, but what do I have to lose? For $1.32 a day, less than a cup of coffee, you too can help.
Please call me for details (515-570-4846) or send a check, for as much as you can, made payable to First Covenant Church. (The address is 201 Avenue H, Fort Dodge, Iowa. 50501) Every penny of this donation will be sent directly to the Congo and then you too will make a huge difference in the life of a child.
Won’t you stand in the hills with me to bring hope to the poorest place in the world?
Love my Covenant Kids-Congo,
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Allan Redenius is the Pastor of First Covenant Church in Fort Dodge, Iowa. This blog reflects his love for Our Lord Jesus Christ, his whimsical sense of humor and his approach to life.