by Joni Byker, international projects and communications staff in Liberia
It was raining quite heavily on Saturday morning here in Monrovia, Liberia, so instead of being outside enjoying the weekend, I was inside, catching up on Facebook, Twitter, and the world news. It was then that the breaking news came up about the attack at the Westgate mall in Nairobi. Shocked at what I was reading, my heart instantly broke for those involved–for those Christian brothers and sisters just innocently enjoying their Saturday morning, which quickly turned into an incredibly terrifying situation.
One of the most popular questions I get asked when I am at home speaking to people is, “Aren’t you afraid? Don’t you fear for your life when you are over there?” To which my answer, with bewilderment in my eyes, “No–not at all.” It has never really crossed my mind until now. Yes I have had some crazy experiences–experiences where God has shown up, been with me, brought unlikely persons to help me, has protected me. But until a location I am familiar with (albeit is an 8 hour plane ride away) is attacked, it becomes more personal than just a headline on the news.