Believers help grieving friend

POSTED ON 2011-10-05
  by Dena McMaster

When Darsi died in childbirth and left her husband with a newborn and their other children, the Yembiyembi Christian community rallied to help.

A graduate of the deacon training program, her husband truly loved her and is deeply saddened. Some of the deacons-in-training met together to see how they could help.

“We called this meeting because one of the members of our body is in pain, and we must help him with good thinking,” said one of the men in the training program. “He is going to be bombarded with stupid Satan thoughts from other people.”

Then one of the ladies stepped up and testified to the grieving widower concerning the death of her husband. “It felt like my heart got ripped out of my stomach,” she told him. “Waking up every day thinking I was going to talk with him, but no, he is not here. I know I will see him later, but that doesn’t change the fact that it is painful.”

Then she looked intently into his face and continued her testimony. She reminded him that time would dull the pain and that he had blessings to thank God for. “It is going to be so painful but you must thank God for the blessing he left you with, your baby. God’s plan is perfect. … Get back in the Word and get working for God for however many days he leaves you alive, because your life is short.”  

He has responded to the encouragement from his fellow believers and has not followed the spirit cleansing rituals and, though it is forbidden by Yembiyembi culture, he has bravely gone into the jungle to hunt food for his family.

Pray for Darsi's husband to continue to grow in the Lord and be strengthened spiritually in spite of his grief. Pray also that the believers will continue to minister to him.

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