Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Liberated by God

A young woman uses the difficulties she’s suffered to bring others to Christ

Rebecca holds a newborn in the maternity ward at Nyankunde Hospital.

I was born in Nyankunde, in the maternity ward that was just rehabilitated by Samaritan’s Purse. My life has been a series of challenges. At 14, a man in our village raped me, and I became pregnant. I wanted to abort the baby, but after receiving counseling, I decided to carry her.

When my daughter, Martha, was born, I realized the difficulty of having a baby at such a young age. This experience is what convinced me that I wanted to become a nurse in a maternity ward, but the fees for school were so high that I didn’t know whether it would be possible.

Liberated by God

A newborn is weighed in the maternity ward in Nyankunde.

When I was 18, my family was able to pay for me to attend, and they helped care for Martha. But during my first year, Nyankunde was attacked. My father told me to run to the hills and hide right before he was killed at gunpoint.

While I was in the hills, the rebels found me and kidnapped me, along with several other people. They killed everyone except me. I was wearing my nursing uniform, and they thought that I might be helpful to them. One of the rebels took compassion on me and helped me escape. I thank my God because the enemy took me during the war to mistreat me, but God liberated me from their hands.

I ended up in a nearby town where I met a family of expatriates. They paid the rest of my school fees so that I could become a nurse. I started working in Beni, a town several hours from Nyankunde. When Dr. Upio, who was a doctor at Nyankunde Hospital before the attacks, told me that he was returning to Nyankunde to restart the hospital and wanted me to join him, I agreed, even though I knew I wouldn’t be paid a salary.

When we first started, the hospital was destroyed. I remember laying a piece of cloth on the ground to deliver babies on the floor. We had to perform caesarean sections in the operating room because we had no means in the maternity ward. Many patients couldn’t pay for their procedures.

Liberated by God

A mother cares for her malnourished child at Nyankunde Hospital.

My daughter also became pregnant against her will at a young age, and her daughter, Blessing, is currently 11 months old. We live in the nurses’ quarters for the moment, but we pray that God will give us a way to build our own house. We also pray that both my daughter and I can continue our studies while I continue serving pregnant women at the hospital.

I love working in the maternity ward. I want to help young mothers walk through the process of having a baby by encouraging them through my story. My favorite thing is counseling mothers who want abortions. I love convincing them to keep their children. I have used my own testimony of how God has worked in my life to save others.

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Sheryl Mazzocchio
6 months 25 days ago

Bless you sister! I pray the Holy Spirit will bless your words and acts of love for His glory! That the women God puts in your path will find their hope in Jesus Christ.
Your sister in Christ, Sheryl
California,USA

Anonymous
6 months 27 days ago

May God strengthen you each day as you not only help to deliver His creations but also spread His gospel to others. I pray that which you desire in your heart might be fulfilled by His grace, mercy and love in Jesus name. Thank you for your testimony, for never giving up hope, never giving up on your dreams. Your life story is of great encouragement. Be blessed always through our Lord and Saviour.

Carol
6 months 27 days ago

Praise God for you and yes all glory to Jesus!

Anonymous
6 months 27 days ago

Wow! This is an amazing story. God always has a perfect plan for us if we let him do it.

Rebecca D
6 months 27 days ago

Bless you, Rebecca. May God continue to work in you and through you — and may the truth and hope of Jesus Christ shine in you and strengthen you!

Gwen
6 months 27 days ago

May God bless you!

Dacia
6 months 27 days ago

A beautiful testimony to a wonderful and mighty God. God bless you.

Anonymous
6 months 27 days ago

What a wonderful testimony. May God continue to bless and protect her Ann her family.

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