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Yesterday’s blog post informed you of our revised and enhanced curriculum, My Purpose Will Stand: A Study for Children on God’s Providence (available in our webstore later this month). Here is a sampling of one of the new stories included in the GIFT (Growing in Faith Together) pages. It is a great story of God’s providence to share with your children and students.
David and Svea Flood left Sweden in 1921 to serve as missionaries in a remote area of the Belgian Congo. Along with another young missionary couple, the Ericksons, the Floods were prohibited from entering the village by the chief of the tribe. Consequently, they bought food from a young boy who Svea led to the Lord.
Due to an outbreak of malaria, the Floods and Ericksons had to return to the mission station where Svea gave birth to baby girl, Aina and then died a few days later.
Heartbroken and disillusioned, David buried his wife, gave his baby girl to the Ericksons and returned to Sweden, claiming that God had ruined his life. Within eight months, both the Ericksons died as well, leaving Aina an orphan.
What happened? Did God miss a few steps in governing the world? Did the Floods and Ericksons drop out of His sight in the Belgian Congo? Did God lack the power and wisdom to deal with this situation rightly?
Aina was brought to the United States by American missionaries where she was adopted and became Aggie Hurst.
God in His remarkable providence brought a Swedish Christian magazine to Aggie’s mailbox years later. Though unable to read the Swedish writing, Aggie noticed a photo in the magazine. It was a picture of a white cross on a grave. On the cross was written a name she recognized as her mother’s, Svea Flood.
She had the article translated. It told of the missionaries who came to the Belgian Congo but it also filled in God’s work of providence. “One little African boy was led to Christ…The boy grew up and built a school in the village. Gradually he won his students to Christ…The children led their parents to Christ…Even the tribal chief became a Christian.
The death of Svea Flood and the Ericksons had not been in vain! They had fulfilled their kingdom purpose so God took them home. David Flood needed to hear the rest of the story.
Aggie Hurst, originally Aina Flood, traveled to Sweden to tell her embittered father about the 600 African people who were now walking with the Lord because of his sacrifice. David’s heart softened and he turned to the Lord. A few weeks later, he died, at peace with God’s providence.
(Adapted from: Alcorn, Randy. If God Is Good: Faith in the Midst of Suffering and Evil (Colorado Springs, Co.: Multnomah Books, 2009), 370, 376-377.)
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