A Candle in the Darkness
In finally telling my whole story, I have discovered the other side of my life's tapestry. Where I once saw only knots and tangles, I now see a beautiful picture of God's grace—his deliberate orchestration in a life lovingly entrusted to me. Sure enough, he had heard every scream, felt every blow, and wiped every tear as, through the pain, he crafted me into a tool he could use, redeemed for his glory.
Wess Stafford is president and CEO of Compassion International, a Colorado Springsbased child development organization that sponsors children. This article was adapted from a talk Stafford gave at Woodmen Valley Chapel in July 2009.
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Christianity Today also posted an article on "A Badly Broken Boarding School" about the Mamou Alliance Academy. Wess Stafford is author of Too Small to Ignore: Why the Least of These Matters Most, which is available at ChristianBook.com and other retailers.
Go to ChristianBibleStudies.com for "Redeeming Suffering," a Bible study based on this article.
Previous CT articles on the school include:
Missionary Child Abuse | All God's Children recalls the travails of a West Africa boarding school. (August 18, 2009)
Pain Relief | The Christian & Missionary Alliance apologizes to adults abused as missionary kids in Africa. (July 12, 1999)
Missions: From Trauma to Truth | Once-abused children demand accountability. (April 27, 1998)